Fall 2021 - BISC 366 D100

Plant Physiology (3)

Class Number: 1978

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2021: Mon, Wed, Fri, 9:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 15, 2021
    Wed, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    BISC 205 and MBB 231 with a grade of C- or better.



The plant's physical environment and the physiological basis (mechanisms and principles) of the interaction between plants and their environment in relation to their survival and ecological distribution.


Alternative requisite:  MBB 231 with a minimum grade of C-.

This course covers the physiological mechanisms and principles underlying the growth, development and survival of plants in their environments, including traits of key importance in plant production. Major topics include plant signalling and developmental programming, water and mineral requirements, and sugar production and transport.


  • Tutorials 20%
  • Group Project 20%
  • Midterm Exam 25%
  • Final Exam 35%


Mode of teaching:

Lecture: in-person

Tutorial: in-person

Midterm Exam: date TBD

Final Exam: take home


Effective immediately, the Department of Biological Sciences is adopting a mandatory mask policy for all areas under Biology’s control and in spaces elsewhere where Biology faculty teach, applying to everyone regardless of vaccination status.



Plant Physiology & Development, 6th Edition. Authors: Taiz, Lincoln, Zeiger, Eduardo, Møller, Ian M., Murphy, Angus. 2014. Sinauer Associates is an imprint of Oxford University Press.

The e-book and loose-leaf versions of the book, as well as used copies, are permitted and encouraged if students are interested in less expensive options.


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