This course will give theoretical and empirical insight to the central role of autotrophs in ecosystems, and how ecosystem management and climate change may modify this role.
Autotrophic organisms, and especially plants, have a central role in their terrestrial ecosystems because they are producers of food for all terrestrial herbivores as well as for soil organisms and several organisms internal to them like e.g. endophytes and N-fixating bacteria. Also, plants are important to ecosystems for both creating and modifying habitat conditions. Most examples will be from northern ecosystems. The course is relevant to those who want more general ecological knowledge and for those who want knowledge about the use and the management of natural resources.
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|Institution||UiT The Arctic University of Norway|
|Fields of study||Biology and biochemistryEnvironmental scienceLife science (broad programmes)|