This course provides an introduction to all aspects of fungal biology, including: biodiversity, genetics, ecology, and the importance of fungi to society. Fungi are ubiquitous, and students will learn to recognize and identify fungi as well as to study the myriad roles they play in ecosystems as saprobes, parasites, and mutualists. Fungi are also excellent model systems and we will investigate their use as genetic models and study how the dawn of the post-genomic era has impacted the field.
Lectures will be based on Introductory Mycology, 4th ed. Alexopoulos, Mims & Blackwell; the 21st Century Guidebook to Fungi, David Moore, Geoffrey D. Robson and Anthony P. J. Trinci; as well as primary literature.
Students will be evaluated on the basis of lab practical exams, a midterm, and a final exam. One weekend trip to the UM Biological Station on Sat. and Sun., Sept. 28 and 29, is anticipated. As part of the evaluation students will curate a living and preserved collection of fungi.
This course is intended for students with general interest in biology and biodiversity and who would like to learn about these fascinating and often overlooked organisms. Graduate students whose research interfaces with fungi should also find the course useful.
Suggested prerequsites are courses on evolution, genetics, and microbiology.
The course will be composed of one hour of lecture followed by two hours of laboratory exercises, experiments or field trips.