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300104 VO Bioindicaton and Biomonitoring (2021S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie



Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Die LV beginnt entgegen obiger Ankündigung erst am 10.3., dann werden auch die weiteren Termine bekannt gegeben; 14:15. die LV wird online abgehalten.

Wednesday 10.03. 14:15 - 17:00 Digital
Wednesday 17.03. 14:15 - 17:00 Digital
Wednesday 24.03. 14:15 - 17:00 Digital
Wednesday 14.04. 14:15 - 17:00 Digital
Wednesday 21.04. 14:15 - 17:00 Digital
Wednesday 28.04. 14:15 - 17:00 Digital
Wednesday 05.05. 14:15 - 17:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The lecture aims at giving a brief state-of-the-art overview of the current knowledge of how and where organisms can be used to assess environmental and ecosystem quality.
Frequently used terms in the field of bioindication / biomonitoring will be defined by giving examples of their assessment. An overview on active / passive monitoring methods will be shown as well as the application of bioaccumulators and reactive organism in environmental control. The lecture will give an introduction on how increasing knowledge of ecology has lead to the insight that sub-cellular compounds, cells, individuals, populations and ecosystems can be used as indicators for ecosystem quality and for assessment of the impact of environmental stress on the composition and functioning of ecosystems. An important question to be answered is on the type of information that can be obtained from biological indicators, and the advantages and disadvantages of their use. International concepts and application, the role of bioindication in legislature, and concepts of combining human toxicology and ecotoxicology will be shown.
As this lecture is also part of masterstudy "Naturschutzbiologie", it willl be held in English only if there are more than three students not speaking English!!

Assessment and permitted materials

Written examination at the end of the lecture

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Für das Erreichen einer positiven Note müssen 60 % der maximal möglichen Punkteanzahl erreicht werden

Examination topics


Reading list

Markert, B.A., Breure, A.M., Zechmeister H.G. (eds.) 2003. Bioindicators / Biomonitors (principles, assessment, concepts). Elsevier. Amsterdam. 1040 pages. ISBN: 0-08-044177-7
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Association in the course directory

MNB W-6, MBO 7, UF MA BU 01, UF MA BU 04, MEC-9, UF BU 10

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