Animal-Plant Interactions (Level 7) (840C1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module will explore the ways in which animals and plants have co-evolved to produce current ecological relationships. It will cover: herbivory (including leaf/stem/root feeding, frugivory, seed and seedling predation); how plants respond to herbivory (chemical and physical defences); how herbivores respond to plant attributes (nutritional quality, architecture); indirect interactions (e.g. between insect herbivores, mediated through plants or parasitoids); pollination and seed/fruit dispersal; mutualisms (e.g. ant-plant interactions); impacts of herbivory on plants at the population and community level; and applied aspects (grazing management; herbivore pest control; conservation of interactions).


85%: Lecture
15%: One-to-one (Tutorial)


40%: Coursework (Essay)
60%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 13 hours of contact time and 137 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.