Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
402014012015STRESS PHYSIOLOGYElective475
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
Plant species live in throuhout the world which combine diverse abiotic and biotic interactions. The aims of this course are to teach the main concept of plant stress physiology , to highlight the mechanisms in stress physiology and to understand the relations between physiology, ecology and agricultural aspects of stress conditions.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Doç.Dr. Lale Aktaş
Learning Outcomes
1To learn the main concepts of plant stress physiology.
2To learn the plant responses to water deficit and drought, heat stress, chilling and freezing, salinity stress, oxygen deficiency conditions.
3To understand the correlation between stress related gene functions and stress related gene expression differentiations.
4To learn the stress related protein synthesis, and functions of these proteins under stress conditions.
5To learn the stress related metabolite production.
6Making students follow current developments in this field of research by reading/discussing new research papers.
7Being able to share information about plant stress physiology by oral and written language.
8To understand the relations between experimental logic, analytical thinking, quantitative analysis and problem solving.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Water Deficit and Drought Resistance, Heat Stress and Heat Shock, Chilling and Freezing, Salinity Stress, Oxygen Deficiency
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1An Introduction to Stress Conditions
2Water Deficit and Drought Resistance: Drought Resistance Strategies Vary with Climatic and Soil Conditions, Decreased Leaf Area Adaptation, Responses of Stomata
3The Role of Abscisic Acid During Water Deficit and Drought: Protection of Water Balance and Osmotic Adjustment, Gene Expression and Regulation During Osmotic Stress.
4Heat Stress and Heat Shock: Introduction to Heat Stress, Photosynthesis and Respiration During Heat Stress, Membrane Stability During High Temperature.
5High Temperature Stress Adaptations: The Functions of Heat Shock Proteins, Transcription Factors, The Function of Cytocolic Calcium on Adaptation to Heat Stress.
6Chilling and Freezing: Membrane Properties Change in Response to Chilling Injury, Ice Crystal Formation and Effects, Acclimation to Very Low Temperatures, Supercooling and Slow Dehydration, ABA and Protein Synthesis in Acclimation to Freezing, Gene Expression and Transcription Factors.
7Presentations
8Midterm
9Salinity Stress: Salt Accumulation in Soils, Photosynthesis and Growth Parameters of Salinity Tolerant and Sensitive Plant Species.
10Osmotic Effects and Specific Ion Effects of Salt Injury: Different Strategies to Avoid Salt Injury, Ion Exclusion for Acclimation and Adaptation to Salinity Stress
11Gene Expressions and Signal Transduction Pathways During Salinity Stress
12Oxygen Deficiency: Identification of Oxygen Deficiency, Organ Damages Related to Oxygen Deficiency, Submerged Organs Can Acquire O2 Through Specialized Structures.
13Tolerance to Anaerobic Conditions: Synthesis of Anaerobic Stress Proteins For Acclimation to O2 Deficit, Gene Expressions and Signal Transduction Pathways During Oxygen Deficit.
14Explaining interactions and redundancy between different abiotic stress conditions
15Presentations
16Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Taiz L., Zeiger E. ''Plant Physiology'', Sinauer Press, 2006. Smith A.M., Coupland G., Dolan L., Harberd N., Jones J., Martin C., Sablowski R., Amey A. ''Plant Biology'', First Edition, Garland Science, Taylor&Francis Group, LLC, New York, 2010
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Midterm Examination1100
SUM100
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Final Sınavı1100
SUM100
Term (or Year) Learning Activities40
End Of Term (or Year) Learning Activities60
SUM100
Language of Instruction
English
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination111
Final Examination111
Attending Lectures14228
Seminar111
Self Study14342
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11515
Individual Study for Final Examination11515
Reading14456
Report144
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)163
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