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300048 PP Heavy metal stress: ecology of organisms (2018S)

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

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max. 6 participants
Language: German



Introductory meeting on March1, 2018, 9:00, in Lecture Hall 2, UZA1. The practical will be from end of April till mid of June on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the whole day as weel as on individual dates on which we will agree together.


Aims, contents and method of the course

The project laboratory course deals with natural and man-made heavy metal ecosystems and their plants.
The geophysical situation of the habitats and the specialized plants 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

The course is a Bachelor Practical and finishes with a Bachelor Thesis. Moreover, if places are available, students can participate who do not want to make a Bachelor Thesis. They will summarize their results in the frame of a porocol.

In addition to the written protocol, for the grading count:
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 13, B-BPF 10, BBO 10, BOE 13

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