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300067 UE Insect herbivory - organisms and measurement (2018S)

5.00 ECTS (3.00 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 serve).


max. 12 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

On March 13, 2018 we will only have the MANDATORY initial meeting. The true course work will happen during ca. 5 days of data collection in the field, to be held in the NP Donau-Auen (near Orth/Danube). Field work will take place in May and June. Subsequently, further meetings (in small sub-groups if required) will be held for data analysis.

Tuesday 13.03. 12:00 - 13:00 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Thursday 19.04. 17:00 - 20:00 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Wednesday 05.09. 09:00 - 12:00 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG


Aims, contents and method of the course

In this field course we will apply various methods to measure levels of insect herbivory, or herbivore densities (e.g. quantification of leaf damage, frequency of leaf miners or leaf rollers), in relation to selected focal plant species and habitats. Subsequently, methods to analyse these data will be applied to the data.
In one seminar before the first day of field work, basic information will be given on insect herbivores and methodological issues.
After the field days, further meetings will be held to analyze the sampled data.
Field work will be done in the Donauauen NP near the village Orth.
One goal is also to become familar with important groups of herbivorous insects in the Central European fauna (esp. Lepidoptera, Coleoptera and leaf-mining Diptera).

Assessment and permitted materials

Active participation in field work and meetings (20 %); written report about results (80 %).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Participation in all meetings and in at least 4 days of field work (out of 5). Delivery of a written report on a selected topic resulting from the assembled data.

Examination topics

Contents of the course.

Reading list

will be announced in the initial meeting and group-wise to students working on selected topics.

Association in the course directory

MEC-9, MZO W-2, MZO W-7, M-WZB

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