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Compulsory/Elective Code Semester Lectures Practicals Credits ECTS
Elective 13Β043 7th 3 Hrs/Wk  4 Hrs/Wk 4 5,5

The course deals with the biology, ecology, diversity and importance of all organisms referred to as fungi, belonging either to kingdom Fungi or to other Kingdoms. 


At the end of the course students should: a) have acquired basic knowledge for fungi, b) have realized the role they play in the structure and function of the ecosystems and the biosphere in general, c) be aware of the practical importance of fungi and their use for the benefit of man and the environment, d) be able to distinguish fungi in their environment, e) be able to use the appropriate procedure for their collection, study and identification, f) have the opportunity to cooperate with their colleagues and develop team spirit, g) have acquired relevant experience of finding, analyzing and presenting bibliographic and research data.


Origin and evolution of fungi, development, morphogenesis, reproduction and sexuality, phylogeny. Basic elements on fungal systematics. Biodiversity-Fungal grouping in the basic Kingdom Fungi, as well as in other kingdoms-A brief overview of the main taxonomic groups (morphology, reproduction, ecology, main representatives, practical interest).

Terrestrial and aqueous ecosystems of fungi. Ecological importance. Their vital role in the structure and function of the biosphere.

Economic importance and exploitation of fungi. Diverse applications in health, environment, agriculture, forestry, food industry, chemistry, nanotechnology.


Short presentations of the students on subjects relevant to the course.

Delivery of written text (electronic or printed)


In the first 5 exercises representative species from various groups of fungi are studied microscopically.

In the last 3 exercises the students have the opportunity to practice in a) the preparation of diverse culture media b) the isolation of different groups of fungi in pure culture and c) their morphological study and identification.

Foray: During a 2-day foray collection, preparation and preliminary study of the mycological material (mushrooms) is carried out - Visit a mushroom cultivation unit

  Lectures: Zacharoula Gonou - ZagouAssistant Professor of Systematics & Ecology of Fungi (Coordinator) - Dr. Pyrri Ioanna (Laboratory Teaching Staff)
  Practicals: Zacharoula Gonou - Zagou, Assistant Professor of Systematics & Ecology of Fungi (Coordinator) - Dr. Pyrri Ioanna (Laboratory Teaching Staff)

There are no prerequisites for the student to choose and attend the course. However, in order to achieve better understanding of the course, good knowledge of students in Botany and Microbiology is rather appreciated.

The course is offered to Erasmus students: Teaching in Greek language - Exams in English language.

The evaluation process is carried out in Greek language (there is the possibility in English for Erasmus students), with a final examination of the whole course that includes: a) written theoretical exams, b) practical-lab exams, c) writing and presenting a seminar. The grade of the written theoretical exams contributes 50% to the final, total, course grade, the practical exams 40% and the seminar 10%.

  If you require more information, please contact the Course Coordinator, Ass. Prof. Gonou-Zagou Zacharoula, at: Tel. 0030 210 727 4324, Email: zgonou[at]biol.uoa[dot]gr