Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Understand the scope and coverage of the discipline of crop physiology and its place in the overall practice of crop production;
2. Understand the functioning of the crop plant, the derivation of dry matter and its partitioning in the plant;
3. Understand the physiological basis of crop yield and crop quality.
Review of basic plant functions; Transpiration and water movement in plants; Phloem transport, Photosynthesis, dry matter accumulation and yield formation; Plant growth regulators; their functions in plants and their uses in agriculture; Photoperiodism. Plant reproductive physiology: flowering, fruiting, and fruit ripening. Senescence and abscission; Responses of crop plants to environmental stress; Crop maturity and storage physiology.
Salisbury, F.B. and Ross, C.W. 1992. Plant Physiology (4th Edn.). Wadsworth Publishing Co. Inc., California.
Milthorpe, F.L. and Mooby, J. 1979. An Introdcution to Crop Physiology (2nd Edn.). Cambridge University Press.
Luckwill, L.C. 1981. Growth Regulators in Crop production. Studies in Biology No. 129 (1st Edn.), Edward Arnold ltd. London.
Johnson C.B. 1981. Physiological processes Limiting Plant production (1st Edn.), Butterworth, London.
Evans, L.T. 1976. Crop Physiology (Some case histories) (1st Edn.), University printing House, Cambridge.
Continuous assessment 40%
Written examination 60%
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