952339 Basics of plant, stress and storage physiology in horticulture

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Balas, Johannes
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


Basic aspects of plant, stress and storage physiology in horticulture are presented to the students. A general knowledge about the physiology, growth and yield formation of horticultural crops under optimal but also extreme environmental conditions is mediated and the relationships between environmental stress and metabolic changes in plants are explained. In particular, the effects of various abiotic stress factors of practical relevance for horticulture (including light, drought, cold, chilling, mechanical stress, waterlogging, osmotic stress/salinity, malnutrition, elevated CO2 concentration in the ambient air) are addressed. Another focus is to demonstrate the effects of stress on cell integrity, since this is essential for a functioning metabolism, yield formation and quality maintenance. In addition, the effects of environmental factors on pigment formation and basic phenomena such as allelopathy are physiologically explained.

Previous knowledge expected

Basics of plant physiology

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

The aim of the course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the physiological processes and metabolic relationships, so that they are able to develop their competences to understand the effect of approved practical measures in horticulture and post-harvest and to develop autonomously innovative strategies for the solution in accordance with the location.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.