Plant and soil ecology

Course Code :2001WETPEC
Study domain:Biology
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:75
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Ivan Nijs
Erik Verbruggen

3. Course contents *

This course covers the interactions between plants and their terrestrial environment. This includes both the soil and the atmosphere, between which plants constitute a crucial link. The goal is to develop insight in the effect of environmental factors on plants, as well as in the influence of plants on their environment, both in current and future climate. The link between plants, soil microbiology, and biogeochemistry is an explicit focus. The following topics are part of the course content: plants and climate, photosynthesis and respiration, plant growth, productivity and carbon budget, plant-water relations including stomatal regulation and water balance, plants under stress (radiation, heat), uptake of mineral nutrients, nitrogen cycle, nutrient symbioses. Students will be trained in measuring these processes. The course takes as implicit the lower-level physiological and biochemical processes occurring within plants which are covered in ‘other courses, and instead focuses on the plant to ecosystem scale of the terrestrial biosphere.