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300277 PP Functional Ecology of Carnivorous Plants (2018W)

Structure and functioning of the traps and their glands

10.00 ECTS (6.00 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. 6 participants
Language: German



Starting lecture + meeting: 3.10.2018, 17:15 Uhr Seminarraum Cell Imaging (Spange 4 UZA I, Ebene 1)
3 lectures und 1 excursion from 4th - 17th of October 2018 (agreements will be made at the starting lecture)
laboratory block from 18th - 23rd of October (including Saturday and Sunday from 9:00-18:00)
3 further seminar appointments from November 2018 - January 2019


Aims, contents and method of the course

Carnivorous plants take in part of their mineral supply from animal prey. For this aim, they transformed their leaves to traps that are able to attract, catch, retain, digest and absorb animals.
In the frame of this lab course we explore the trapping mechanisms by cinematic techniques, analyse morphology and anatomy of the traps, investigate structure and function of the glands and observe the absorption of digested animal substances. The ecological situation of the plants is discussed and analysed.
Our results are summarizedin a protocol and presented in the frame of a seminar.

Assessment and permitted materials

Oral presentation and participation in the course (40%)
Written protocol and written exam (60%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

40 points are for working at the course and laboratory work.
60 point are for the written protocol as well as the Bachelor work and the written exam (in sum).

100 Points are ready to reach - a minimum of 56 points are needed for a positive grade.

Examination topics

Are taken from the 3 lectures and the excursion.

Reading list

Literature and learning material will be provided via Moodle.

Association in the course directory

BBO 10, BOE 13

Last modified: Tu 25.09.2018 11:08