Universität Wien

300472 EX Excursion to heavy metal habitats (2017S)

2.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work

Die EX findet drei Tage im Mai/Juni statt.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 12 participants
Language: German



Introduction to the excursion on March 2, 2017, at 11 in the Conference Room Ecology, UZA I.


Aims, contents and method of the course

The excursion leads to habitats in in Burgenland and in Niederösterreich that are rich in heavy metals which occur either naturally in the soil or derive from man-made industrial activities. We discuss the tolerance of the heavy metal plants against heavy metal stress, and we discuss the strategies of tolerant, accumulating and hyper-accumulating plants to survive in heavy metal contaminated soil.
This shalll improve our understanding of the general situation of heavy metal rich habitats and the vegetation that developed on these toxic soils.

Assessment and permitted materials

personal contributions during the excursion
written protocol
oral presentation of the results in a final Seminar

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Basic knowledge of Ecology and Plant Sciences should have been acquired during the first semesters of the Bachelor Curriculum. The parrticipation at both excursion days as well as at the introductory and final seminars is required. Protocol and presentation will be evaluated with each 50%.

Examination topics

Specific conditions of heavy metal rich soil
toxicity of heavy metals for plants
strategies of tolerant, accumulating and hyper-accumulating metallophytes to survive in heavy metal contaminated soil.

Reading list

Relevant literature will be provided in an introductory Seminar.

Association in the course directory


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