Environmental Physiology of Plants
TeachersSHINOMURA, TomokoStaffInfo
Grade, SemesterYear 1 2nd semest [Master's program, Division of Integrated Science and Engineering]
CategorySpecial Subjects
Elective, CreditsElective 2credit
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Course Description

We will highlight certain aspects of how plants adapt and respond to fluctuating environmental factors such as light intensity and quality, temperature, water availability, air quality, mineral nutrient and trace element concentrations, salinity, and soil chemical environment. We will also assess the consequences, which include the control of growth and development, cytoplasmic movement, stress-stimulated responses, cell signaling processes, and plant-pathogen interactions.

Course Objectives

The goal of Environmental Physiology of Plants is to acquire an understanding of key concepts of the growth and differentiations of the plants at the molecular level responding to the fluctuating environmental factors.

Grading Policy

The learning results are evaluated with academic performance of the review (70%) and discussion(30%).

Textbook and Reference

TextbookPlant Physiology and Developent, 6th Revised edition

Edited by Lincoln Taiz and Eduardo Zeiger (2018)Sinauer Associates Inc., Product Code: 9781605357454


A discussion leader is appointed each session, and is required to prepare for the next lecture to discuss in the lecture.



1Introduction to the Course and plant cell structure

2Water balance of plats

3Mineral nutrition

4Photosynthesis - The light reactions

5Photosynthesis - The carbon reactions

6Photosynthesis - The physiological and ecological reactions

7Translocation in the phloem

8Respiration and lipid metabolism

9Gene expression and signal transduction in plants

10Structure and function of cell walls

11Growth and development

12Phytochrome and light control of plant development

13Blue-light responses - Morphogenesis and stomatal movement

14Control of flowering

15Responses and adaptations to abiotic stresses
The subjects and schedule may be adjusted as the course progresses depending on the needs and interests of the students.