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MARINE BOTANY

CODE 94742
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 10723 BIOLOGIA ED ECOLOGIA MARINA (LM-75) - GENOVA
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 10723 BIOLOGIA ED ECOLOGIA MARINA (LM-6) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR BIO/02
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER Annual
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    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.

     

    Module organization

    The module (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 module is to introduce students to marine plants and their biology and ecology . The module will include training in the identification of the algae and see-grasses with emphasis on the major groups and species of Mediterranean Sea.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Knowledge and understanding

    The module 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 lectures will be carried out in presence. The laboratory activities will be organized if possible in presence, possibly with several small groups.

    An on-field experience will let students to identify seagrasses and to observe natural habitats.

    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 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 uo to June on AulaWEB at the site https://2022.aulaweb.unige.it

    Main texts:

    The notes taken during the lecturess 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

    Exam Board

    LUIGI MINUTO (President)

    ARMANDO CARPANETO

    MIRCA ZOTTI (President Substitute)

    SIMONE DI PIAZZA (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    For lessons start and timetable go to the link:

    https://easyacademy.unige.it/portalestudenti/ <https://easyacademy.unige.it/portalestudenti/&gt;

    Please check the module Aulaweb page for timetable updates dependent on the sanitary and epidemic situation.

     

    Class schedule

    MARINE BOTANY

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Written final test on Esami AulaWeb and/or oral in-presence: Both examinations include questions on all topics of the syllabus, 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 examination is aimed at verifying the knowledge about the characteristics of the main marine plant and fungal taxa and the understanding of their biology.

     

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    25/01/2023 10:30 GENOVA Orale
    08/02/2023 10:30 GENOVA Orale
    14/06/2023 10:30 GENOVA Orale
    28/06/2023 10:30 GENOVA Orale
    12/07/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    26/07/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    21/09/2023 10:30 GENOVA Orale

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Regular attendance at lectures and lab activities  is strongly recommended.