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Tree Physiology

FOR 409 TREE PHYSIOLOGY (2) FOR 409 syllabus (Please note that syllabi are subject to change and this may not be the most current syllabus.)

This course explores the physiology of growth, development, and responses of woody plants with particular consideration of the influence of environmental factors on physiological processes.  It should be taken after completing coursework in biology and is open to all majors.  The objectives of the course are for students to be able to a) describe the organization, development, and function of woody plant tissues, b) explain the processes of photosynthesis, respiration, and assimilation in forest trees, c) describe water relations and mineral nutrition, d) predict tree growth responses under natural condition, e) recognize the physiology of ecological races and species, f) explore special topics unique to tree physiology, and g) practice methods and tools of tree physiology research.  Topics include tree structure, patterns of shoot growth, photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration, drought, phloem transport, mineral nutrition and uptake, growth regulators, hormonal controls (bud dormancy, reaction wood, autumn coloration, drought response, etc.), stomatal movement, and the physiology of seeds. Evaluation methods include exams and class participation.  This course is offered in the spring of odd years.