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Compulsory/Elective Code Semester Lectures Practicals Credits ECTS
Elective 13A512 5th 3 Hrs/Wk 3 Hrs/Wk 4 5.5

To introduce the students to the organisms that belong to two major eukaryotic Kingdoms, Fungi and Green Plants, and provide them with the basic knowledge needed to understand their role in the structure and function of the Biosphere. In addition, students are introduced to the basic methodological tools available for studying these organisms and their diversity.


At the end of the course students should: a) have attained the basic knowledge for the organisms belonging to Fungi and Plants, b) be able to identify members of the two Kingdoms in nature, c) have  acquainted themselves with the methods used for studying these organisms, d) have comprehended their impact on the environment and their valuable applications, e) have developed a team spirit and a critical way of thinking.


In the lectures are given basic elements of the biology, reproduction, ecology, taxonomy, biodiversity, phylogeny and evolution for both Kingdoms - Fungi and Green Plants, as well as of their vital importance for the biosphere and their diverse applications.


The practicals comprise: a) 10 lab exercises (5 for fungi and 5 for plants) for studying the morphology of representative species of Fungi and Plants, b) a 2-day foray for collecting fungal specimens and c) a half day excursion for collecting higher plants.

  Lectures: Zacharoula Gonou-Zagou, Assistant Professor of Fungal Systematics & Ecology  (Coordinator) - Theophanis Constantinides, Associate Professor of Systematic Botany - Dr. Ioanna Pyrri, Laboratory Teaching Staff of Fungal Systematics & Ecology. 
  Practicals: Zacharoula Gonou-Zagou, Assistant Professor of Fungal Systematics & Ecology  (Coordinator) - Theophanis Constantinides, Associate Professor of Systematic Botany - Dr. Ioanna Pyrri, Laboratory Teaching Staff of Fungal Systematics & Ecology, Dr. I. Louvrou, Laboratory Teaching Staff - Dr. I. Bazos, Laboratory Teaching Staff.
  Students are evaluated by written theoretical (60%) and practical exams (30%), as well as by preparing and presenting a seminar (10%).
  If you require more information, please contact the Course Coordinator, Assist. Prof Zacharoula Gonou-Zagou at: Tel: (+30) 210 727 4324; e-mail: zgonou[at]biol.uoa[dot]gr