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Module

ACE1046 : Plants, Environment, Agriculture

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Simon Peacock
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The module is intended to underpin subsequent modules associated with the environmental and agricultural sciences by providing fundamental knowledge of the structure and function of higher plants.

The complementary lecture and practical components will inculcate an understanding of fundamental plant science principles and develop skills through analysis and interpretation of data and observations gained from both field and laboratory sessions.

After attending the lectures and practicals, the students should have a thorough understanding of the importance of plants within the context of agriculture and the environment.

Outline Of Syllabus

Plants and life on earth - the form of plants.
Plants as the basis for agriculture - domestic, global climate and crop growth.
Photosynthesis - light, carbon dioxide and temperature, respiration. C3, C4, CAM and intermediate physiologies.
Anatomy and structure.
Plants and water - diffusion, osmosis, transpiration and water potential.
Plants and minerals - macro and micronutrients, deficiency symptoms, nutrient uptake and transport
Plant strength and integrity - leaves stems and roots relationships between structure and function.
Plant growth and development - hormones - biochemistry - synthesis of secondary metabolites
Parasitism and carnivory.
Rare species and adaptation.
Crop production and yield - definitions, components and determination.
Plants for food and utility.
Ecology - competition, population dynamics, plant-herbivore interactions, diversity.
Plants, environmental pollution and a changing climate.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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