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Abiotic Stress on Plants due to Climate Change


As a high school or undergraduate Biological Sciences teacher, you can use this set of computer-based tools in teaching about plant physiology, abiotic stress in plants, climate related stress factors and their influence on plant growth and development.

This lesson plan discusses abiotic stress in plants and their effect on plant physiology. Students will learn about plant stress responses like acclimation and adaptation to environmental changes due to climate change. Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in Biological Sciences.

Learning Outcome

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  1. Define abiotic stress in plants and describe the factors causing it
  2. Understand plant stress physiology
  3. Describe the role of stomata in plants under abiotic stress like high temperature and low water availability
  4. Distinguish between acclimation and adaptation responses to abiotic stress in plants
  5. Understand how plants respond phenotypically and physiologically to climate related factors

Teacher-contributed lesson plan by Dr Neeti Mehla and Dr Aditi Kothari Chhajer, Sri Venkateswara College (University of Delhi), India

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