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300524 VO Diversity and Plant Palaeobiology (2016S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie



Aims, contents and method of the course

This lecture considers the evolutionary processes involved with formation of the plant world and adaptive strategies for changes in vegetation through geological time. Focus is on the basic aspects of organic evolution by means of natural selection, plus examination of the phylogeny of different plant groups from the first land plants to modern flowering plants.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written examination at the end of the semester.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Expectation is that the students will learn clearly all dimensions of the evolutionary process, i.e., microevolution, and apply this understanding also to other biology courses. It is also anticipated that they will learn the broad changes in vegetation on Earth over 500 million years of evolutionary time.

Examination topics

A lecture format is used, but with much small group discussion. Informal blackboard and overhead presentation of data are employed.

Reading list

Hess D. 2005. Systematische Botanik. Stuttgart, UTB Basics.
Kadereit J.W., Körner C., Kost B., Sonnewald U. 2014. Strasburger - Lehrbuch der Pflanzenwissenschaften. 37. Auflage. Berlin, Heidelberg; Springer.
Judd W.S., Cambell C.S., Kellog E.A., Stevens P.F., Donoghue M.J. 2008. Plant Systematics. A phylogenetic approach. Sunderland, massachusetts, Sinauer.

Association in the course directory

LA-BU 211

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