BIOL40700 Stress Ecology (JLU)

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module will bring students the latest knowledge and research methods regarding environmental stressors (biotic and abiotic) and their impact on single individuals, populations, communities and ecosystems. Students will discover the latest research on various stress factors including radiation, temperature, pollution (salinity, heavy metals or noxious gas) but also competition, and how they affect the biological communities living in various biotopes. Strategies of plants to adjust to stressful conditions will be reviewed at different levels of organization: Escape (ephemerals), Avoidance (homeostasis) and Tolerance (truly resistant).

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

The students will:
• have basic understanding of the relationship of plants with their environment;
• know the influence of abiotic and biotic stress factors on the ecosystems;
• be able to design simple experiments to validate the impact of abiotic and biotic stress factors on single plant populations, communities and ecosystems;
• acquire skills in the autonomous dealing with actual research literature about Soil-Plant-Atmosphere Continuum;
• be able to present and discuss results of state-of-the-art academic research on the impact of stress on single plants, populations, communities and ecosystems.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Interactive - lectures and task-based learning exercises in Field Station 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Examination as per JLU Regulations Unspecified No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.


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