NEM-21306 Ecophysiology


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Practical intensively supervised40
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. JE Kammenga
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. JE Kammenga
dr. MJM Lankheet
prof. dr. ir. JJA van Loon
dr. ir. AR van der Krol
dr. HWM Hilhorst
dr. LB Snoek
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. JE Kammenga
prof. dr. HJ Bouwmeester
dr. SWS Gussekloo
prof. dr. ir. JJA van Loon

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

NCP -10503 Ecology I; NCP- 20503 Ecology II; CBI- 10306 Celbiology


In their struggle for survival, organisms have to adapt continuously to changes in their abiotic and biotic environment. This course focuses on the molecular mechanisms and consequences of these adaptations for individual organisms and interactions among organisms. Attention will be paid to various (a)biotic factors including temperature, drought, feeding conditions, photoperiodicity, intraspecific competition, symbiosis and parasitism. Common mechanisms and key concepts across kingdoms underlying adaptation and plasticity will be analyzed in depth. Examples will be shown how environmental conditions affect signal transduction pathways leading to adaptive changes in ecology, behavior and phenology. Special topics will address hibernation, breeding cycles in birds, invasion of Northern Hemisphere by exotic species and co-evolution of pants and animals.

Learning outcomes:

The student should be able to:
- understand adaptation mechanisms of organisms in response to biotic and abiotic stress factors, and how these affect their interactions;
- have insight in common patterns across kingdoms underlying adaptation and plasticity;
- translate the effects of changing environmental conditions into adaptations in behavior, phenology and ecology - design and perform experiments in ecophysiology;
- interpret data and report through oral and written presentations.


Attending lectures, reading and discussing scientific papers and participating in the practical course. During the practical course, experimental results are discussed and a scientific report is written.


The final mark is based on the results of a written exam and on the quality of the report of the practical part.


Course guide, syllabus, and scientific publications.

Compulsory for: BBIBiologyBScB: Organismal and Developmental Biology1AF
Compulsory for: WUEPPBSc Minor Experimental Plant Physiology1AF
WUEPSBSc Minor Experimental Plant Sciences1AF