Course ID: AGRO 4753 Crop Physiology
Prerequisites: BIOL 1143, 1171 (Botany or equivalent)
Text(s) and supplemental books and materials:
The Physiology of Crop Yield, 2nd Ed. by R. Hay and J. Porter, Blackwell Pub.
Additional information, research articles and web sites will also be
provided to supplement the text.
Professor’s name: Paul B. Francis
Office hours: MWF 9-12, T Th 1-4
Special policies statement:
1. Any student caught in an intentional, premeditated and blatant act of cheating on any exam will be given the option of withdrawing from the course or receiving an ‘F’.
2. Attendance at all class functions is highly encouraged but not required. Attendance records will be kept on file for the occasional request from student loan representatives and potential employers. Please notify the instructor if you are having to miss a class meeting so that it can be recorded as an excused absence.
Special dates of concern: Jan. 15 Holiday!
Feb. 28 deadline to file for August or Dec. graduation
March 12-16 spring break!
April 2-13, pre-registration
April 4, last day to drop with a ‘W’
May 1, last day of class
May 11, commencement
Goals and objectives:
1. Examine selected plant physiological processes pertaining to dry matter
accumulation and yield from subcellular biochemistry to field scale agronomic
2. Review selected physiological studies of plants growing singly and in stands in
both controlled and field conditions.
3. Understand the complex physiological, environmental and cultural interactions as
they relate to crop growth and yield.
4. Learn the physiological aspects of crop quality and the inverse relationship
between quality and yield.
5. Understand the theory and practice of crop modeling and their role as tools for
development of more efficient agronomic practices.
Chpts. 3,4 and supplemental information.
Unit II. Respiration, carbon partitioning (source-sink relationships).
Chpts. 5, 6 and supplemental information.
Unit III. Flowering and reproduction, PGR’s, water, nutrients.
Chpts. 2, 7 and lots of supplemental information and readings.
Unit IV. Improving crop efficiency.
Chpts. 8, 9, 10 and supplemental readings.
Provisions for tests and evaluations:
If you miss an exam for a legitimate reason, please inform the instructor within 5 days prior or after so that a makeup exam can be scheduled. In some situations, the missed points or make up exam may be added to the final exam. Legitimate reasons are things like official University functions, illness, trauma, or other reasons such as a job interview.
Special Projects, Assignments, Field Trips: The class will engage in several research and demonstration projects and several take-home quizzes.
Grading policy: 4 exams (after each Unit) 400 pts
1 paper report 50 pts
1 research report 50 pts
Take home quizzes 100 pts
Total pts 600 pts
A: 540 +, B: 480-539, C: 420-479, D: 360-419 pts.
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