What is Studied in Plant Physiology

Plant physiology is the study of Plants.

A plant physiologist studies internal plant functions and their chemical basis to learn how they grow, process nutrients and reproduce.

They look at the functions of the plant and al the processes that happen in plants within its lifetime, in fact how plants work.

Plants just like humans have their own distinct way of living

Therefore, they look at plants way of living, including its metabolism.

The plants relationship to water, how it takes in water, stores it and expires it.

The plants mineral nutrition intake from the soil and water.

Learning how it develops, its movement and its response to the environment.

So plant physiology then covers the plants organisation, development, growth and transport processes, just everything to do with it.

In a nutshell, plant physiologists study the physical, chemical and biological function of living plants.

To work in plant physiology area you will have a good understanding of biology, chemistry and physics plus mathematics.

You will normally find that Plant physiologists work mostly work as members of multidisciplinary teams, who will include molecular and cell biologists, biochemists and geneticists. This gives the team a full broad objective of understanding the function of the genes in plants.

Plant physiology can be split up into different areas of expertise:

Laboratory science,

Where Plant physiologists study the effect of those genes on plant growth, flowering, and seed yield, in lab conditions

Experimental science.

They also carry out experiments to reveal how plants respond to pathogens and insect pests or to environmental stresses like drought, salinity, pollutants, and high and low temperatures, this can be lab based or on-site.

Probably because plant physiology is considered a basic science, you will find that most plant physiologists work in academic institutions where they both teach and conduct research. Others will be found employed by federal and state agencies, maybe carrying out experiments. In addition, you will find a few working full-time for, or as consultants to, industrial and other organizations that have agricultural or related biological interests.

The study of plants by plant physiologists may never get front-page news, but a great majority of their work does have impact on our lives, helping farmers get better crops and improving yield of certain types of plants can only be achieved by understanding the complete plant.

Children in school can even get involved with plant physiology, with set ideas for teachers to use from primary school to high school, maybe you could even try a few out yourself!

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