Universität Wien

300048 PP Heavy metal stress: ecology of organisms (2017S)

Ecology of organisms from heavy metal habitats: Strategies to cope with stress

10.00 ECTS (6.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work

Vorbesprechung am 2.3.2017 um 11:00 Uhr im Konferenzraum Ökologie.

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max. 10 participants
Language: German



Introduction to the project practicum on March 2, 2017, at 11 in the Conference Room Ecology, UZA I.


Aims, contents and method of the course

The project laboratory course deals with natural and man-made heavy metal ecosystems and their organisms.
The geophysical situation of the habitats and the specialized organisms that have developed on these toxic soils will be discussed. Methods of analysis will be explained and applied individually.
The Project Practicum shall lead to a better understanding of the organisms' tolerance to toxic soil and their strategies of survival. This knowledge can be deepened and applied in practice within the scope of an excursion to heavy metal habitats during the course.

Assessment and permitted materials

Personal contributions during the project practicum.
Written evaluation of competence acquisition
The results of the practical course will be discussed through guided and independent bibliographical research, summarized in a written protocol, and presented orally in a final seminar.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Basic knowledge of Ecology and Plant Sciences should have been acquired during the first semesters of the Bachelor Curriculum. The active participation in the laboratory work is required. Protocol and presentation will be evaluated with each 50%.

Examination topics

The practical course takes place in the laboratories of the Cell Imaging and Ultrastructure Research Unit in the Biocenter Althanstrasse.
Heavy metals will be analysed in soils and plants:
by Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) by X-ray microanalysis (EDX),
by Light Microscopy (LM) and specific fluorescent dyes and markers,
in plants and soils by atomic absorption spectral photometry (AAS) of extracts

Reading list

Relevant literature will be provided during the course.

Association in the course directory

B-BOE 12, B-BOE 13, B-BPF 9, B-BPF 10, BBO 9, BBO 10, BOE 12, BOE 13

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