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300077 UE Systematics and ecology of macromycetes (2020S)

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 served).


max. 20 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday half day excursion, Thursday full day excursion

You will find the program of this course here:

Monday 21.09. 09:00 - 18:00 Übungsraum 2 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG
Tuesday 22.09. 09:00 - 18:00 Übungsraum 2 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG
Wednesday 23.09. 09:00 - 18:00 Übungsraum 2 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG
Thursday 24.09. 09:00 - 18:00 Übungsraum 2 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG
Friday 25.09. 09:00 - 18:00 Übungsraum 2 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG
Monday 28.09. 09:00 - 18:00 Übungsraum 2 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG
Tuesday 29.09. 09:00 - 18:00 Übungsraum 2 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG
Wednesday 30.09. 09:00 - 18:00 Übungsraum 2 (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg 1.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

Targets: The students have deepened and special theoretical and practical knowledge of the native large fungi and are able to apply the learned methods independently and communicate their results.
The students have gained an insight into the diversity of the mushrooms and their habitats. They know their most important groups of characteristics and are able to use technical literature (identification keys) for identification of the fungi. They know the different trophic groups of mushrooms and their role in the environment and in food webs. They know the problems of mushroom poisoning as well as nature and species protection and know how to collect mushrooms responsibly.
+ Introduction to the diversity of the native mushrooms
+ Introduction to the systematics of mushrooms
+ Knowledge of different habitats of fungi
+ Collection and determination technology, microscopy
+ Documentation, analysis and presentation of find data
+ Ecological importance of large fungi, especially in forest ecosystems, trophic groups, mycorrhiza research
+ Poisonous and edible mushrooms

Three half-day excursions and one full-day excursion to different site types (mainly forests) around Vienna, guided field work (collecting activity), in the afternoon theoretical basics and processing of the collections (introductory lectures on the course topics, determination, analysis and documentation of the mushroom finds by drawing, description, photography), microscopic analysis and determination with the help of determination keys, data input into standardized tables, evaluation according to systematic and trophic groups, find reviews. The last two days of the course are reserved for independent analysis and presentation of the data obtained, working in small groups.

Security risk:
Usual risk of a field excursion. Please ensure that you wear suitable footwear and clothing during your stay outdoors! Austria is one of the areas in Europe most affected by TBE (early summer meningo-encephalitis) (http://zecken.at/verbreitung-der-zecke/#oesterreich), which is why there is a corresponding vaccination recommendation for Austria!
In the course room handle with slides, tweezers, dissection needle, razor blade.

Costs: public transport on three days (2 exc. core zone Vienna and 1 x Rekawinkel), a minibus excursion (approx. 6,- Euro).

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Assessment and permitted materials

Ongoing conversations to check the cooperation, positive conclusion through documentation of the finds, compilation of a discovery-list for the respective recorded excursion, oral presentation of own partial results on the last day of the course, written final test on a mutually agreed date after the course.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Point split:
Cooperation, species list, presentation: 55% = 11 points
Examination: 45 % = 9 points (3 questions of 3 points each)

Grading (by points):
18,5-20: very good
16.5-18: good
13.5-16: satisfactory
10,5-13: sufficient
1-10: not sufficient

Examination topics

Important aspects of the introductory lectures on the course topics, knowledge of the studied characteristics and mushroom species.

Reading list

Rita Lüder, 2018: Grundkurs Pilzbestimmung. Quelle & Meyer; Auflage: 5., korrigierte und aktualisierte Auflage (1. April 2018)

Marcel Bon, 2016: Pareys Buch der Pilze. Franckh Kosmos Verlag. 2.Aufl.
Ewald Gerhardt, 2017: Der große BLV Pilzführer für unterwegs: 1200 Arten 1000 Farbfotos. BLV Buchverlag. 8. Aufl.
H. E. Laux, 2015: Der große Kosmos Pilzführer: Alle Speisepilze mit ihren giftigen Doppelgängern. Franckh Kosmos Verlag. 1. Aufl.

Association in the course directory

MBO 5, UF BU 10

Last modified: Fr 25.09.2020 19:09