Fall 2022 - BISC 326 D100

Biology of Algae and Fungi (3)

Class Number: 1635

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    SWH 10061, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 8, 2022
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    AQ 3003, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BISC 101 and 102 with a grade of C- or better.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

A survey of form, function and phenetics.

COURSE DETAILS:

This course provides students with a broad understanding of the biology of algae and fungi.

 

In the first half, the large and diverse group of organisms known as algae will be explored. The classification, evolution, life history, reproduction, and cellular/developmental biology of the major lineages are covered. Current research on algae is also discussed.

 

In the second half of the course, an overview of fungal organisms, their morphology and methods used for identification will be provided. The variety of roles of fungi in different ecosystems will be discussed. Additional topics to be reviewed include uses of fungi in food production, fungal pathogens of plants and humans, interactions of fungi with other organisms, uses of fungi as biological control agents, cultivation and identification of mushrooms, and fungi in forest ecosystems.

 

TOPICS

 

   Algal biology

.  Introduction to algae

.  Algal taxonomy and phylogenetic relationships

.  Algal evolution

.  Reproduction and life histories

.  Effects of climate change on selected algal species

 

   Fungal biology

.  Morphology and methods for identification

.  Role in nature and ecology of fungi

.  Pathogenic/beneficial associations

.  Human uses of fungi

.  Mushroom cultivation

 

Grading

  • Biology of Algae 50%
  • Biology of Fungi 50%

NOTES:

Details of projects, assignments, reports, etc. will be provided when the course begins.

 

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Pacific Seaweeds, A Guide to Common Seaweeds of the West coast by Louis Druehl and Bridgette Clarkston. Available digitally (ISBN 978-1-55017-738-1) or as a paperback (ISBN 978-1-55017-737-4).

 


RECOMMENDED READING:

Algae, 3rd edition by Graham, Graham, Wilcox, and Cook. Available as a downloadable PDF (www.ljlmpress.com/algae.html)


ISBN: 978-0-9863935-3

REQUIRED READING NOTES:

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Registrar Notes:

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