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Compulsory/Elective Code Semester Lectures Practicals Credits ECTS
Elective 13Β044 7th 2 Hrs/Wk  3 Hrs/Wk 3 4,0

The course mostly deals with the diversity and evolution of Algae, their ecological significance and their utilization by man.


Knowledge: At the end of the course students should have: a) a good knowledge of the various classes and groups of Algae, and learn several of their  representatives, b) comprehended the basic principles of classical Systematics and Phylogeny of those organisms, c) realized the role they play in the ecosystems and the biosphere in general, d) understood their practical importance and their utilization for the benefit of the man and the environment.

Skills: At the end of the course students should have: a) been familiar with the methodologies used to identify and study these organisms, b) the opportunity to recognize organisms in their natural habitat and/or use microscopy to investigate them.

Abilities: At the end of the course students should have: a) the opportunity to work with his/her fellow student and develop a team spirit, b) developed and improved his/her capacity for on-line access to libraries, databases and scientific journals, c) acquired relevant experience on analyzing and presenting bibliographic and research data.


Introduction to algae. The role of algae into Biogeochemistry. Algae and bio-components (2 hours) - Technological applications of algae. Diversity and relationships within algae (2 hours) - Cyanobacteria – Chloroxybacteria (2 hours) - The theory of symbiosis and the diversification of eukaryotic algae (Glaucophyta, Chlorarachniophyta).  Euglenoids (2 hours) - Cryptomonads, Haptophytes, Dinoflagellates (4 hours) - Photosynthetic Dinoflagellates (Bacillariophyceae, Chrysophyceae, Synurophyceae, Eustigmatophyceae, Raphidophyceae, Pelagophyceae, Dictyophyceae, Xanthophyceae, Phaeophyceae etc) (5 hours) - Rhodophytes (2 hours) - Chlorophytes (Prasinophyceae, Ulvophyceae, Trebouxiophyceae, Chlorophyceae, Charophyceae)  (5 hours) - Ecology of algae (1 hour)


1.  Field exercise: Collection of various algae from natural habitats. Recording of ecological parameters and cultivation of sample material – 2. Cyanobacteria: – Study of cultivated, preserved and fresh material. Comparisons and main morphological characters in various representatives – 3-4. Chlorophytes: – Morphological observations and reproduction (fresh, preserved and cultivated material is studied) – 5. Rhodophytes and Dinoflagellates: Morphological features and reproduction stages in a variety of material – 6. Photosynthetic Dinoflagellates (with an emphasis on diatoms): Material preparations, observation under the microscope, morphology and taxonomy – 7. Dinoflagellates: Morphological and taxonomic characters in representative genera (preserved material)

Field exercise: One-day practical exercise in the field: observation, collection, processing of algal material, cultivation of algae in various substrates, and recording of various ecological parameters of the habitat (e.g., pH, water temperature, conductivity). Explanation of on-site methodology in cases of future field visits.

  Lectures: Theophanis Constantinidis, Associate Professor of Systematic Botany (Coordinator) - ...
  Practicals: ... Dr. ... (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 welcomed.

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 written examination of the whole course. The average grade of Laboratory Exercises contributes 40% to the final, total, course grade.

  If you require more information, please contact the Course Coordinator, Assoc. Prof. Theophanis Constantinidis at: Tel. + 30 210 727 4258, Εmail: constgr[at]biol.uoa[dot]gr