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Plant Physiology

Plant physiology is the study of organism-scale biological processes crucial for plant growth and response to the environment, including photosynthesis, respiration, plant nutrition, water relations, plant hormone functions, perception and response to environmental signals and stress, among others.

Production of forage species in the Southern Great Plains is challenging because of variable quality of soils, wide fluctuations in temperature and water availability, pest and pathogen pressure, and other environmental challenges. Understanding physiological processes and responses to environmental factors is a key to plant improvement through development and selection of superior genotypes and breeding of new varieties.

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