LICHENS BIOLOGY AND ITS PRACTICAL APPLICATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Course ID: POS-SE>LICHBIOL
Course title: LICHENS BIOLOGY AND ITS PRACTICAL APPLICATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Semester: Spring
ECTS: 3
Lectures/Classes: 15 / 30 hours
Field of study: Environmental Protection
Study cycle: 1st cycle
Type of course: optional
Prerequisites: Knowledge in the field of botany and plant systematics.
Contact person: Dr Katarzyna Szczepańska
Short description: Subject dedicated to the problems of using lichens in assessment the quality of the natural environment. Additionally, the subject includes the basic issues concerning the biology of lichens as well as morphology, anatomy and chemistry of the thallus.
Full description: Overview of the history of research on the lichens, as well as the morphology, anatomy and physiology of their thallus. Characteristics of Polish lichen biota; inhabited substrates and plant communities. The importance of lichens in nature, their threats and ways of protection. Review of the methods using lichens as a bioindicatores for assessment of natural environment. A systematic review of the selected groups of lichens. Classic and chemotaxonomic methods of identifying of taxa.
Bibliography: Nash T. H. (ed.) 2008. Lichen Biology. 2nd ditio. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 303 ss., Orange A., James P. W., White F. J. 2001. Microchemical methods for the identification of lichens. British Lichen Society, London, 82 ss. Smith C.W. et al. 2009. The lichen of Great Britain and Ireland. – British Lichen Society, London, 1046 ss.
Learning outcomes:
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: Written test. Assessment of the ability to identification of lichen species. Evaluation of the project. Evaluation of Individual and group work during classes.

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