HPP-22803 Concepts in Environmental Plant Physiology


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. W van Ieperen
Lecturer(s)dr. J Harbinson
dr. ir. W van Ieperen
Examiner(s)dr. ir. W van Ieperen

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

PPH-10806 Structure and Function of Plants; CLB-10803 Reproduction of Plants.

Continuation courses:

HPP-20306 Physiology and Development of Plants in Horticulture; HPP-21306 Crop Ecology and HPP-31806 Advanced Methods for Plant-Climate Research in Controlled Environments.


This course has a strong focus on learning methods that enables students to make prior acquired knowledge of physiology of plants applicable in ecological and agricultural research and practice. Course content focusses on concepts related to functioning of plants in their (physical) environment with attention for photosynthesis and water relations i.r.t. light, CO2, and water availability. Students will learn how to build meaningful integrated concepts that combine knowledge from the domains plant physiology and environmental physics. These concepts aim to help students to better understand the complexity of plant environment systems and ultimately can be used to build creative ideas for research as well as practical applications in the field of plant production.

Learning outcomes:

After the course the students:
- will have acquired and/or revitalised knowledge on elementary chemistry and physics to explain and develop concepts that are key to an understanding of various areas of environmental plant physiology;
- will be able to do calculations to quantify key processes;
- will be able to combine prior acquired knowledge on plant physiology and environmental physics into meaningful integrated concepts;
- will have acquired insight in important interactions between plants and their physical environment that are essential for plant functioning, plant productivity and survival;
- will be able to build concept maps (graphical representation of interlinked knowledge of different domains) of interactions between the physical climate and plant functioning.


- preparing for(!) and attending lectures;
- reading and processing scientific literature to prepare for practical assignments;
- participation in practicals and tutorials;
- preparing written and oral presentations on practical assignments;
- individual or small group assignment;
- self study.


- written test with closed and open questions (70%; divided as 35% closed questions and 35% open questions; a minimum mark of 5.5 is required for the full written test, with minimum marks of 5.0 for the closed questions and open questions);
- group assignment including oral presentation (30%, a minimum mark of 5.5 is required );
- details are described in the course guide (assessment strategy).


There is no course syllabus. Instead we' ll use the following materials:
Book: Plant Physiology and Development, 6th revised edition (Taiz, Zeiger et al, 2014). Not online available in WUR-library
Chapters from Physicochemical and Environmental Plant Physiology (Nobel, 2009): online available WUR-library
Chapters from Plant Physiological Ecology (Lambers, Chapin III and Pons, 2008): online available WUR-library
Selected Scientific Papers: available via BlackBoard and online WUR-library

Compulsory for: BPWPlant SciencesBSc1AF