Universität Wien

300104 UE Physiology and cell biology of marine symbionts and their hosts (2023S)

10.00 ECTS (6.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 12 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch



The preparatory meeting will take place on April 21, 2023, 11:30 am, CMESS Seminar room 2.1 (UBB, 2nd floor)
The practical course will take place in Piran, Slovenia, between August 7 and 18, 2023 (departure from Vienna on August 6 and arrival in Vienna on August 19).


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The aim of this course is to experience underwater sample collection and lab work in the field (Pirano, Slovenia). At the end of the course, students are required to present the results of two experiments in form of oral presentations and of a written report. The experiments will be performed on marine animals engaging in chemosynthetic symbiosis, i.e. lucinid clams and stilbonematid nematodes. Details of the planned experiments will be given during the preparatory meeting. We will practice methods to determine the effect of environmental changes on symbiosis physiology and cell biology. Snorkelling skills are desirable ,but not mandatory.
Methods: underwater sampling and photography, measurement of physicochemical parameters, anaerobic chamber set-up and use, light- and epifluorescence microscopy.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Active participation to the preparatory meeting, to the experiments, to the interpretation of the obtained results and final presentation and protocol.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Participation to the whole field course, presentation of the obtained results on the last day and written report.


Theoretical background (chemosynthetic symbioses, in particular lucinid and stilbonematid symbioses) and understanding of the results obtained during the practical course.


Dubilier et al. 2008; Petersen and Yuen 2021; Sogin et al. 2021
(see Moodle platform for pdfs)

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

MBO 7, MEC-9, MES5, M-WZB, UF MA BU 01, UF MA BU 04, MMB W-2

Letzte Änderung: Do 27.04.2023 11:08