Universität Wien

300057 SE+EX Heavy Metals in Plants and Soils (2021S)

Seminar for Master and PhD students

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 16 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Introductory Meeting on March 45, 2021, at 18:00. Either in person in Ü6, Biozentrum Althanstrasse UZA1, or on-line via Big Blue Button. We will inform you in time and send you a mail.

Two 1 day excursions will take place in May. The dates are not yet fixed and will be discussed in the introductory lecture.

Before the excursions, two introductory seminars of 4 hs each are compulsory.
After the excursion, individual help and discussion of results will be organized at individual dates; results will be presented in a concluding seminar.

Thursday 01.07. 15:00 - 20:00 Hörsaal 2 UZA 1 Biozentrum 2.249 1.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

The excursion leads to habitats in in Steiermark and in Salzburg that are rich in heavy metals which occur either naturally in the soil or derive from man-made industrial activities. We discuss the tolerance of the heavy metal plants against heavy metal stress, and we discuss the strategies of tolerant, accumulating and hyper-accumulating plants to survive in heavy metal contaminated soil.
This shalll improve our understanding of the general situation of heavy metal rich habitats and the vegetation that developed on these toxic soils.

Assessment and permitted materials

personal contributions during the excursion
written protocol
oral presentation of the results 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 parrticipation at the excursion days as well as at the introductory and final seminars is required. Protocol and presentation will be evaluated with each 50%.

Examination topics

Specific conditions of heavy metal rich soil
toxicity of heavy metals for plants
strategies of tolerant, accumulating and hyper-accumulating metallophytes to survive in heavy metal contaminated soil.

Reading list

Relevant literature will be provided during the introductory seminars and the excursion.

Association in the course directory

PhD, MBO 7, MEC-9, M-WZB

Last modified: Th 30.09.2021 11:10