EEB 468 - Biology of Fungi
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB)
Department: LSA Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
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Requirements & Distribution:
Lab Fee:
Advisory Prerequisites:
BIOLOGY 305, EEB 390, or BIOLOGY 281 strongly suggested.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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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 Fungal Kingdom, Heitman et al, as well as primary literature. The only required book is the field guide Mushrooms of the Midwest by Kuo and Methven.

Course Requirements:

Students will be evaluated on the basis of a collection of preserved fungi, quizzes, two exams, lab reports, and a short research project.

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for students studying 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 prerequisites are courses on evolution, genetics, ecology, and microbiology.

Class Format:

Each meeting involves a lecture followed by a two hour lab period. One required weekend trip (late September) to UMBS is planned. Students develop a collection of living and preserved fungi.


EEB 468 - Biology of Fungi
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
WF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (LAB)
 In Person
WF 12:00PM - 2:00PM

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