HRT 863: Environmental Plant Physiology

Course Code: HRT 863

Credits and Offerings

3 credits (approximately 3 hours lecture each week; no lab)
Spring semester each odd year.

Course Description

Interaction of plants with biotic and abiotic factors of environment and among themselves. Ecophysiology, photobiology, thermophysiology, stress physiology, biotic influences, environmental influences and adaptations, and plant-water relations. 

Course Objectives

The objectives of the course are to provide graduate students with the ability to understand and interpret how plants interact with different environmental conditions (both biotic and abiotic components) and among themselves. 


  • Environment of plants
  • Radiation and climate
  • Photosynthesis
  • Microbiome
  • Symbiotic association
  • Allelopathy
  • Parasitic association
  • Interaction among plants
  • Plant Hormones
  • Drought stress
  • Heat stress
  • Light stress
  • Cold stress
  • Dormancy