2023-2024 / BIOL0866-1



25h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in biology of organisms and ecology (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Claire Périlleux, Jean-Christophe Plumier


Jean-Christophe Plumier

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course is devoted to plant and animal ecophysiology.
The plant side is made of two chapters : 1) adaptation and physiological tolerance to abiotic stress; 2) relationships between organisms, including beneficial associations, biotic stress and allelopathy.
The animal side will mainly focus on physiological responses to modifications of the environment. The relationship between physiology and behaviour will also be addressed.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The aim of the Animal Ecophysiology part of the course is to illustrate how physiology governs the animal interactions with their environment and influences animal behaviour.
The Plant Ecophysiology part also aims at informing students of the different methods used to improve crop resistance to environmental stresses.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

It is useful to have bases in physiology, ecology, ethology and evolution.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

theoretical lectures, presentations by the students and practicals.
The course on animal ecophysiology needs the reading of a article or book chapter in preparation of each chapter of the course.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The lectures are given during the first quadrimester, starting in September. An active participation to practicals is mandatory.

Recommended or required readings

The Power-Point slides will be available in a .pdf format. Articles and book chapters will be available on eCampus.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam AND oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

The evaluation is based on oral or written exams, and also on the practical.
For the Plant Ecophysiology part, the evaluation is based on a personal work and an oral exam. 
The final note is calculated as follows : 40% Plant Ecophysiology, 30% Animal Ecophysiology, 30% Practicals, providing that the student obtained at least 8/20 for each of the theoritical parts. 

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Prof. Jean-Christophe Plumier, Animal Physiology, Bât B22, chemin de la vallée 4, 4000 Liège E-mail: JC.Plumier@uliege.be
Prof. Claire Périlleux, Plant Physiology, Bât. B22 Sart Tilman, chemin de la vallée 4, 4000 Liège E-mail: cperilleux@uliege.be

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