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Course module: NWI-BM035B
Molecular Physiology of Plant Stress Adaptation
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-BM035B
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; BioWetenschappen;
prof. dr. I. Rieu
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prof. dr. I. Rieu
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. I. Rieu
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Academic year2017
KW1  (04/09/2017 to 12/11/2017)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
After following this course, you can:
  • interpret scientific findings regarding molecular plant stress physiology using current knowledge and concepts in this field and draw your own conclusions
  • evaluate the goals and strategies of fundamental and applied research on plant stress adaptation and define your own opinion on their validity and feasibility
  • structure knowledge in this field such that you can develop valid hypotheses for further scientific research
  • present scientific findings comprehensively and such that MSc biology students can follow the reasoning
In nature, plants have to deal with a constantly changing environment and sub-optimal growth conditions. Among others, this relates to factors such as the ambient temperature and the availability of water, oxygen, nutrients and other compounds. Being sessile organisms plants have little opportunity for stress avoidance, explaining why a relatively large part of the genome is thought to be dedicated to stress adaptation. In this caput series we discuss how plants adapt to various forms of abiotic stress at the physiological and molecular level. The emphasis lies on current developments in fundamental research and biotechnological application; as such the course includes discussions of recent research papers, guest lectures by specialists in the field and an excursion to a plant biotech company.
The subjects will be discussed based on papers and presentations made available to the students during the course.
Teaching formats
• 5 hours guided group project work
• 8 hours excursion
• 12 hours lecture
• 20 hours group project work without guidance
• 3 hours student presentation
• 1 hours question session
• 7 hours problem session
• 28 hours individual study period
Extra information teaching methods: Lectures, group discussions, presentations, proposal writing, excursion, self-study activities
Acclimation and adaptation to three abiotic stress factors will be discussed in detail.
Test information
Assessment of literature presentation, participation in discussions, a research proposal and a written exam (digitally).
Knowledge of plant physiology, molecular biology and genetics at BSc level.
Contact information
Ivo Rieu (
Required materials
To be announced
The subjects will be discussed based on papers and presentations made available to the students during the course.
Instructional modes
Course occurrence


Attendance MandatoryYes


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Test weight1
Test typeDigital test
OpportunitiesBlock KW1, Block KW2

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