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BL3316   Animal Plant Interactions

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: Lectures: 12.00 noon Mon, Tue and Wed Practicals: to be arranged.

This module concerns the coevolution of plants and animals, including the ecological, behavioural and physiological aspects of their interactions. Pollination biology and the constraints on participating plants and animals are dealt with in depth, including applied aspects of crop pollination, and this is followed by a review of seed dispersal. Then patterns of herbivory by insects, vertebrates and other animals are considered, illustrating the interactions of plant physical and chemical defences and herbivores' reciprocal adaptations from feeding specialisations and host plant selection through to detoxification systems and life history adaptations. Interactions with third parties are also explained, especially plant-fungus-insect systems. There is an introduction to other tritrophic interactions (whereby plants can recruit herbivores' enemies as part of their defences, or recruit ants as biotic plant guards), to insects as plant pests, and to integrated and sustainable approaches to control measures and plant protection.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass BL2304 or pass BL2307 or pass BL2310

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 x 1-hour lectures (x 11 weeks), 1 x 3- hour practical and 1 x 3-hour student presentation seminar during the semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 39

Guided independent study hours: 161

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 66%, Coursework = 34%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 66%
Practical examinations : 22%
Coursework: 12%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 66%, Existing Coursework = 34%


Module teaching staff: Team taught