Environmental Plant Physiology

Subject BOTA30003 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 x one hour lectures per week, 24 hours practical work (3 hours per week during the first part of semester)
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours


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Not offered in 2013
Not offered in 2013
Not offered in 2013


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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering applications for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005) and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, this subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in practical work. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the Subject Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit. http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


School of Botany


Subject Overview:

This subject deals with how plants function in relation to changing physical environments and is designed for students interested in plant biology and physiology, including those seeking majors in plant science, agricultural science, landscape management, and environmental science. The practical work includes a six-week research project on topics selected by students and run in small groups of 2-3.

Topics to be covered will include:

  • coping with environmental extremes and stress;
  • water use and drought tolerance;
  • plant defence and plant-animal interactions;
  • nutrient cycling and nutrient-use efficiency;
  • hyperaccumulation of toxic metals and phytoremediation.

Upon completion of this subject, students should have a knowledge of:

  • plant function and performance in relation to the environment;

  • plant responses to various biotic and abiotic factors; and

  • the role of plants in global nutrient and carbon cycling.


Laboratory test during the semester (10%); practical reports totalling up to 2000 words due during the semester (30%); a 2-hour written examination in the examination period (60%).

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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course.

Previously known as 606-304 Environmental Plant Physiology (prior to 2010)

Previously known as BOTA30003 (606-304) Functional Plant Biology (prior to 2011)

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Botany
Botany (pre-2008 Bachelor of Science)
Cell Biology (pre-2008 Bachelor of Science)
Ecology (pre-2008 Bachelor of Science)
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Plant Cell Biology and Development (specialisation of Cell and Developmental Biology major)
Plant Science
Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Core selective subjects for B-BMED.

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