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Plant Evolution and Adaption BIOR77

15 credits

The course is offered the second part of the spring semester and the medium of instruction is English.

This course is the course for you – if you are interested in the ecology, evolution and biodiversity of plants. Among other things, you will learn how plants adapt to their environment, how plants interact with other organisms, and how new plant species arise in changing environments. The course is broad in its content and touches upon topics such as natural selection, acclimation, ecophysiology, mutualism, pollination syndromes, genetic variation, speciation and conservation biology.


A person showing up a small frog. Photo.

The education is given as lectures, laboratory work, group exercises, field exercises and seminars. An important part is to read and evaluate scientific articles. During the course, you conduct a literature project on a topic within the subject area. You read scientific papers, summarize facts and draw conclusions from the papers you read. The work is presented in written form and as an oral presentation.


The course includes excursions to the Botanical garden, the Biological museum and some botanical localities in Skåne.


Examination is through a written exam, in combination with evaluation of the project report. The exam focuses on processes and relationships that are important for the understanding of plant evolution and adaptation.

And then...

After the course it is possible to do a master thesis in plant ecology or evolutionary/systematic botany. The course is an important part of the ”Plant biology track”, but can also be combined with advanced courses in e.g. soil ecology and conservation biology.

You find information about application, prerequisites and the syllabus for the course
Plant Evolution and Adaptation at Lund University's central web pages.


Lotta Persmark Study advisor
Biology and Bioinformatics

Tel: +46 46 222 37 28
Email: Lotta [dot] Persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Course literature, 2021

Plant Physiological Ecology (2008) Lambers H, 2'ed, Chapin FS & Pons TL.  E-book on Springer Link.
Plant Physiology and Development, (2014) Taiz L. et al.,6'ed, ISBN 9781605357454 Sinauer Association 


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