Universität Wien

300113 SE Multitrophic Interactions (2017W)

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. 30 participants
Language: English



Die Lehrveranstaltung findet im COSB Seminarraum, Raumnummer 2.022, UZA 1, Biozentrum Althanstraße zu folgenden Terminen statt:
Vorbesprechung: 05.10.2017 12:00-13:00
alle weiteren Termine 12:00-15:00
12.10.2017, 19.10.2017, 09.11.2017, 23.11.2017, 07.12.2017, 11.01.2018, 25.01.20118


Aims, contents and method of the course

This seminar deals with direct and indirect interactions between plants, pathogenic and mutualistic microorganisms, herbivorous insects and mites, and third trophic level natural enemies, true predators and parasitoids. Three is the minimum number of involved trophic levels, or functional groups of organisms, for interactions to be looked at in this seminar, plants are always involved. The spheres looked at are the belowground, the aboveground and the linkages and interactions between those two. Interactions between plants and plant-associated organisms are also at the heart of pest management; thus, possible translation of fundamental multi-trophic interaction research into practical applications is discussed. The modality of the seminar is presentation and discussion of published original studies, review articles and book chapters and own research. Students are required to actively participate in the seminar by discussions and giving a talk on a topically relevant study.

Assessment and permitted materials

Active presence, participation and discussion; oral presentation

Grading by active participation in discussion (1/3) and oral presentation (2/3)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Mandatory presence at 6 of 8 regular dates

Examination topics

Continuous assessment

Reading list

Agrawal, A.A., Tuzun, S., Bnt, E. (1999). Induced Plant Defenses against Pathogens and Herbivores. Biochemistry, Ecology, and Agriculture. APS Press.

Begon, M., Harper, J.L. & Townsend, C.R. (1996). Ecology, 3rd edition. Blackwell Science.

Gange, A.C., Brown, V.K. (1997). Multitrophic interactions in terrestrial systems. Blackwell Science.

Price, P.W., Denno, R.F., Eubanks, M.D., Finke, D.L., Kaplan, I (2011). Insect Ecology. Behavior, Populations and Communities. Cambridge University Press.

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