Plant Science: from cells to environment

Plants interact flexibly with their environment. This module explores the cellular and molecular features facilitating such interactions, including interactions with parasites. 


  • BSc Biological Sciences


Year Two

20 Credits

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of how plants function, via their development and physiology, in relation to key influences in their natural environment. This includes both a consideration of physical factors, and the influences of other interacting organisms, some of which have positive consequences for plant performance, others of which are very detrimental. The module takes an integrative view of plant function at both the single cell and the whole plant level. The module will reflect the growing emphasis on integrating physiological, molecular and more recent computational approaches to (i) understand how plants develop and function and (ii) engineer plants for non-ideal environments.  The modules exploits developing and pre-existing research strengths within the School.


  • Examination (70%)
  • Coursework (30%)