MARINE BOTANY

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Code
94742
ACADEMIC YEAR
2021/2022
CREDITS
6 credits during the 1st year of 10723 MARINE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY (LM-75) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
BIO/02
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (MARINE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY)
semester
Annual
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

Main items

The Marine Botany deals with the study of plant and fungi diversity in the marine and coastal environments, a key element in the formation of marine scientists.

 

Course organization

The couse (6 CFU) is accompanied by laboratory and field experiences. The three lecturers take turns for the parts of their major competence. The final examination and evaluation are comprehensive.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to marine plants and their biology and ecology . The course will include training in the identification of the algae and seegrasses with emphasis on the major groups and species of Mediterranean Sea.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

Knowledge and understanding

The course has the following learning goals:

- basic knowledge of plant organisms and marine fungi;

- knowledge of biology and ecology;

- tools for the recognition of the main species or groups of species, with particular regard to the most common and/or important groups of species in the Mediterranean.

 

Competences and skills

Specifically, the student will be able to:

- describe the characteristics and indicate examples of the main groups of plants and marine fungi;

- identify the main fungal taxa;

- know the nomenclature and the most important diagnostic elements for the use of dichotomous keys for the identification of marine plant organisms;

- understand the biology of plant and fungal organisms with particular reference to the physiology of marine plants, at the cellular and organism level;

- illustrating the planes of marine vegetation, indicating the ecological characteristics, the indicator species and the most characteristic phytocoenosis;

- describe the main marine ecosystems and growth substrates where fungi can be or are present.

PREREQUISITES

Students are required to have a basic knowledge Concepts and basic mechanisms of biology (cell, mitosis, meiosis, cell cycles, metagenetic cycles) and of plant biology (in particular cellular organelles, tissues and plant organs)

TEACHING METHODS

The lessons will be carried out in presence if possible, guaranteeing in any case the online fruition of the lessons, throughout synchronous or asynchronous video recording. The laboratory activities will be organized if possible in presence, possibly with several small groups.

All at presence activities will be carried out in compliance with the capacity limits of the classrooms/laboratories and maintaining the minimum distance among students, as provided for by the regulations in force following the COVID19 emergency.

Please refer to the AulaWeb platform for any specific updates to the teaching due to changes in the health and epidemiological situation.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course syllabus includes the presentation and discussion of the following topics:

- Notes on Cyanophyta.

- Biology and diversity in Rhodophyta (main groups).

- Characteristics and diversity of Heterokontophyta, in particular Diatoms and Phaeophyceae.

- Biology, structure, systematics and importance of Chlorophyta.

- Overview of the other main phytoplankton taxa.

- Characteristics of marine Angiosperms with particular attention to the morphology, biology and importance of the species present in the Mediterranean Sea.

- Notes on the structure and function of marine plant communities.

- Notes on coastal vegetation (beaches, brackish swamps, mangroves, etc.).

- Notes on marine fungi, general characteristics and hints of fungi systematics with particular reference to taxa present in marine and coastal ecosystems

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Presentation slides

Available on AulaWEB at the site https://2021.aulaweb.unige.it

 

Main texts:

The notes taken during the lessons may constitute the main study basis for the preparation of the final exam.

 

Reference texts:

It is advisable to consult the texts of Algology and Marine Botany to verify the completeness and correctness of the notes themselves and for any further study of the topics covered:

Graham L.E., Graham J.M, Wilcox L. W., Cook M.E. 2016. Algae 3rd edition. LJLM Press. In electronic format (pdf) http://www.ljlmpress.com/algae.html

Dawes C.J., 1998 - Marine botany. John Wiley & Sons, New York. (also available at the Library of the School of Sciences MFN).

Van den Hoek C., Mann D.G., Jahns H.M., 1995 - Algae. An Introduction to phycology. Cambridge University Press. (Also available at the MFN School of Sciences Library)

Gareth J., Ka-Lai Pang, 2012. Marine Fungi: and Fungal Like Organisms. De Gruyter, Berlin.

 

Useful guides and scientific- disseminating atlases:

Cabioc'h J., Floc'h J.Y, Le Toquin A., Boudouresque C.F., Meinesz A., Verlaque M., 1992 - Guide des Algues des Mers d'Europe. Delachaux et Niestlé. Neuchâtel, Paris.

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Office hours: Students are received after booking an appointment by telephone (019 353 4280) or e-mail (mirca.zotti@unige.it).

Office hours: Wednesday 11-12 am, recommended by appointment (email address: armando.carpaneto@unige.it).

Office hours: Anytime, fixed upon request by telephone and by e-mail (luigi.minuto@unige.it)

Exam Board

ARMANDO CARPANETO (President)

LUIGI MINUTO

MIRCA ZOTTI (President Substitute)

GIUSEPPINA ALBINA BARBERIS (Substitute)

GIOVANNI ANTONIO CHECCHIA (Substitute)

SIMONE DI PIAZZA (Substitute)

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

The lessons will be carried out in presence if possible, guaranteeing in any case the online fruition of the lessons, throughout synchronous or asynchronous video recording. The laboratory activities will be organized if possible in presence, possibly with several small groups.

All at presence activities will be carried out in compliance with the capacity limits of the classrooms/laboratories and maintaining the minimum distance among students, as provided for by the regulations in force following the COVID19 emergency.

Please refer to the AulaWeb platform for any specific updates to the teaching due to changes in the health and epidemiological situation.

LESSONS START

For lessons start and timetable go to the following link:

https://easyacademy.unige.it/portalestudenti/

Class schedule

MARINE BOTANY

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Written final test on EsamiAulaWeb or oral in-presence: the tests include questions on the topics of the program, with the recognition of a sample of one of the important and / or common marine species or taxa.

Please refer to the AulaWeb platform for any specific updates to the teaching due to changes in the health and epidemiological situation.

 

ASSESSMENT METHODS

 

The exam is aimed at verifying the knowledge of the characteristics of the main marine plant and fungal taxa and the understanding of their biology.

 

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
26/01/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
09/02/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
08/06/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
22/06/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
06/07/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
20/07/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
01/09/2022 09:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

Regular attendance at lectures and lab activities  is strongly recommended.