Unit Code: FOR403

Unit Title: Forest Ecology

This unit concentrates on the development and functions of roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruit and seed of plants with emphasis on plantation forest species. Part of it emphasizes the physiological processes of photosynthesis, respiration, translocation and uptake movement of water within a plant.

The unit also elaborates on the main ecological characteristics of tropical rain-forests in comparison to other world biomes, the causes of disturbances in natural and plantation forest, effects of disturbances; forest regeneration (i.e. succession) and the ecology of natural and plantation forest.