Plants and the Environment (AFNR5701)


The focus of this unit is the response of plants to the environment, drawing examples from both managed and natural ecosystems. Students will develop advanced-level understanding of plant-environment interaction at scales from leaves to whole ecosystems through presentation and discussion of current research papers. Practical sessions will provide students with hands-on experience of state-of-the-art measurement techniques. Understanding of basic biophysical processes will be applied to inform discussion about the effects of climate change on terrestrial ecosystem services, including crop productivity.

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24 hrs lectures and in-class discussion, 36 hours practical


One 2hr exam (40%), in-class discussion (10%), research manuscript (25%), either research proposal or research manuscript (25%)


Copies of research papers for each lecture/discussion will be provided, as will review papers where appropriate.

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

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If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.