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This unit is classed as a restricted unit and available to Master of Applied Science students.


This course provides Master of Applied Science students with advance knowledge of mechanisms of plant function, from the molecular to the whole plant level. The broad range of fundamental processes such as photosynthesis, respiration, plant water relations, stomata physiology, mineral nutrition, plant hormone functions, plant movements, seed germination and dormancy, photomorphogenesis, photoperiodism, circadian rhythms, and environmental stress physiology, are studied in the context of crop performance under adverse environmental conditions.

The above theoretical aspects are matched by practical laboratory experiments in which students receive a hands-on training on the use of modern phytometrical equipment as well as several analytical techniques used in modern plant physiology. Students will also be expected to develop excellent laboratory record keeping and reporting skills, as well as prepare an analytical assay at an advanced level on one of specific topics related to crop physiology and to incorporate this knowledge in their theory examination. The emphasis in the course is made on crop species used in Australian agriculture.

Summary 2020

Unit name Crop Physiology
Unit code KLA433
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Teaching staff

Prof S Shabala (Coordinator)

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Teaching Pattern

26 lectures, 13x3-hr practical classes


3-hr theory exam (60%); two laboratory reports (30%); research report (10%)

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