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Plant Responses to Climate Related Abiotic Stress


A video lecture that gives an overview of how vegetation responds to climate change in terms of phenotypic plasticity, range shifts, phenology, and population changes.

Students will learn about plant responses to increased CO2 levels, higher global temperatures and changing precipitation patterns by discussing their impacts on native vegetation in Arizona. They will learn how plants respond to such environmental perturbations in the short and long term by showing phenotypic plasticity, acclimation and adaptation causing range shifts, phenological changes and changes in percentages of plant populations.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Describe physiological plasticity in plants in response to climate related abiotic stress factors.
  2. What is the difference between acclimation and adaptation in plants, in response to abiotic stress?
About Tool
Tool Name Vegetation Response to Climate Change
Discipline Biological Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Abiotic Stress, Stress Physiology, Temperature Variation, Heat Stress, Phenotypic Plasticity, Acclimation in Plants, Adaptation, Physiological Plasticity, Range Shifts, Phenology
Climate Topic Climate and the Biosphere
Type of tool Video
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location North America, United States, Arizona
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Dr Lawrence Venable, University of Arizona
Hosted at Coursera
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

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Mapped Sustainable Development Goal(s), apart from 4 and 13


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