Field Mycology and Identification of Fungi

Course content

The course gives an update on the ecology, morphology and taxonomy of larger fungi with a focus on field mycology. Methods for studying fungal communities are demonstrated and species identification involving interactive computerbased keys are trained. Six days field course in August just prior to block 1 and independent project work in September-October (50 hrs).


MSc Programme in Biology

Learning outcome


By completing the course the student can:

  • demonstrate an overview of the ecology and basic taxonomy of larger fungi
  • recognize a selection of common or otherwise relevant fungal species from the Danish nature
  • demonstrate an overview of data sources and advanced approaches to fungal species identification.



By completing the course the student can:

  • identify unknown fungi using the relevant tools of identification
  • recognize the most important poisonous fungi
  • utilize the fungi as tools for e.g. bioindication and conservatio
  • design ecologically relevant field studies of fungal communities.



By completing the course the student can:

  • undertake identification jobs related to fungi
  • identify and handle fungal biodiversity in nature management
  • lead or assist public mushroom excursions.

Lectures, project work and practical exercises. The course involves a mandatory six days field course at a field station, placed just prior to block 1.

See Absalon

Notice that the couse includes a mandatory six days field activity in August (week 35, just prior to block 1) and continues with independent project work in block 1.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 1 hours
Written assignment
Written examination (50%), 1 hour.
Report (50%), 50 hours.

The written examination and the report have to be passed individually. The part-examinations does not have to be passed in the same exam-period.
Only certain aids allowed

pc with Mycokey installed allowed

NB: If the exam is held at the ITX, the ITX will provide computers. Private computers, tablets or mobile phones CANNOT be brought along to the exam. Books and notes should be brought on paper or saved on a USB key.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment

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Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 4
  • Excursions
  • 30
  • Preparation
  • 60
  • Practical exercises
  • 61
  • Project work
  • 50
  • Exam
  • 1
  • English
  • 206