Kaisa_2012_3_photo by Veikko Somerpuro

1.8.2019 at 00:00 - 29.8.2019 at 23:59


Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Wed 4.9.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Mon 9.9.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Wed 11.9.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Mon 16.9.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Wed 18.9.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Mon 23.9.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Wed 25.9.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Mon 30.9.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Wed 2.10.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Mon 7.10.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Wed 9.10.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Mon 14.10.2019
08:15 - 09:45
Wed 16.10.2019
08:15 - 09:45


Students in the Master’s Programme in Plant Biology, Master’s Programme in Agricultural Sciences, Master’s Programme in Forest Sciences

After completing the course the student

  • can identify her/his areas of interest in plant science that helps her/him in the selection of the most appropriate courses and course modules for the degree, and also a tentative topic for Master’s thesis
  • gets an overview of plant science from molecules and cells to ecosystems and future plant and forest production
  • will appreciate the role and importance of basic research for practical applications in the various uses and production of plants
  • acquires a general view of the research topics and research groups within plant science, that form the Viikki Plant Science Centre at the campus, with a view to Master’s thesis

Period I, first year of MSc studies

This is a “showcase” course where plant science study modules offered in three Master’s Programmes, as well as the respective research activities and groups at the campus, will be introduced. The course encompasses four main themes:

  • Plant diversity
  • Plant adaptation
  • Plant breeding and biotechnology

Changing use and production of plants

Total workload 135 h includes lectures 24 h, group work (seminar, research group presentations) 20 h, Moodle tasks (Highlights) 10 h, final report 27 h, reading + exam 54 h.

Compulsory reading, either:

The Emerald Planet by David Beerling:



Climate Change and Crop Production by M.P. Reynolds: https://www.terkko.helsinki.fi/booknavigator/climate-change-and-crop-production

Grading scale pass-fail. To pass the course the student must 1) follow the lectures, 2) take part in the group work (seminar, research group presentations), 3) do the Moodle tasks (lecture highlights), 4) write the final report, and 5) pass an examination of the compulsory course book.

Obligatory attendance on lectures, research group presentations and seminars.

Professor Timo Hytönen