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Plant Biology: Fungi

PBIO 195 Z2 (CRN: 60891)

4 Credit Hours

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Terrence Delaney ()


Dates: May 19 - June 13, 2014


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Learn about mushrooms and other fungi through lectures, forays into nature, discussions, field collections and lab examination. We will survey, study and identify the major fungal groups, especially within the basidiomycetes (mushrooms and their kin) and ascomycetes (morels, cup fungi and their kin). We will also include some fungus-like creatures, such as slime molds, and oomycetes that cause a number of important plant diseases (e.g. late blight). Objectives: 1) Learn the unique and shared features of each group, including biology, form, reproductive strategies, roles as key ecosystem members, pathogens on other creatures, and value as foods, poisons and drugs. We will highlight many species that have had large impacts on human health, culture, and even politics! 2) Analyze and identify field-collected mushrooms and other macrofungi, using visible, microscopic and other features for identification. Some fungi may be grown from culture. 3) Create a high quality collection of thoroughly characterized, identified, and preserved mushrooms (or other macrofungi). You will document and preserve macro-scopic and microscopic features, spore deposit color and spore morphology, and other characters used to identify mushrooms to the genus and species (as possible).

Section Expectation

This course combines lecture, field, and laboratory formats. Students are expected to complete the assigned readings prior to class, attend and participate in lecture, participate in regular (sometimes weekly) field trips, and be engaged in the laboratory. One or more oral presentations will be made to class. Students should expect to spend 6-8 hours per week outside of class, with additional time for the presentation and fungal collection. Students will use a textbook, field guide, and electronic resources, to be announced. Students are expected to complete assigned lab exercises, including producing a collection of approximately 16-24 mushrooms that you collect, characterize and study. Some independent study may be required that involves field or lab work. Students will need a list of items for lab and field work, including a hand lens (10x suggested, optional but nice to have), pocket knife, notebook and pencils, ruler, collecting basket, a field manual, and clothes and footwear suitable for the forest environment.


Grading in FUNGI will likely include several quizzes, a midterm and final exam, an oral presentation, participation, lab exercises and the fungal collection.


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