Course content

Fungal diversity:

  • Phylogeny, taxonomy, Ascomycota, Basiodiomycota, basal lineages,  Oomycota
  • Structure and differentiation and nutrient acquisition
  • Dispersal and survival

Fungal populations and genetics:

  • Genetics and mating types
  • Population genetics
  • Development of molecular markers and analysis

Ecosystem mycology:

  • Life-styles, nutritional modes
  • Mycorrhizal fungi
  • Saprotrophic and wood decaying fungi
  • Fungal communities, tools and analysis

Fungal interactions:

  • Plant pathogens, ecology and lifecycles
  • Monitoring plant pathogens, emerging diseases
  • Fungal infections in insects
  • Mutualistic insect-fungal interactions

MSc Programme in Biology

Learning outcome

- To provide an understanding of the biology, diversity, life-styles and nutritional modes of the main fungal lineages
- To identify the main interactions between fungi and plants and fungi and insects
- To develop practical skills for growing fungi in pure cultures and perform simple growth and mating experiments
- To do and interpret results of simple phylogenetic and populations genetic analysis of fungal genes

By the end of the course students are expected to:
describe the diversity of fungi in the light of phylogeny, life-styles and nutritional modes
explain how fungi interact with plants and insects in beneficial and harmful ways
critically evaluate different (molecular) methods for detection of specific fungi, detecting the genetic variation in populations and identifying species in complex communities
discuss, put into perspective, and criticize original research papers in modern mycology

work experimentally with fungi including growing, transferring and setting up small experiments with fungi in pure culture
use their acquired knowledge of microbial diversity and ecology in designing identification, detection of species in communities or individuals in populations

By participating in this course the students should be able to integrate knowledge of fungal diversity its broadest sense into designing and perform appropriate solutions to specific questions within mycology. In doing this, students should be able to take into the consideration the complexities of the system i.e. phylogenetic and functional diversity and the interacting with other organisms and with the environment. Students should be able to put fungi into general ecological, biological and microbial ecological contexts.

Lectures, demonstrations, laboratory and computer practicals, group discussions and student presentations, Problem Based Learning (PBL).

See Absalon.

Introductory courses (bachelor level) in microbiology and/or mycology, ecology, evolutionary biology or phylogenetics and molecular biology are recommended

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutes (no preparation time)
Oral examination based on an original scientific paper handed out at the last teaching day and text book curriculum.
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment

In order to obtain the grade 12 the student should convincingly and accurately demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competences described under Learning Outcome.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 37
  • Preparation
  • 78
  • Lectures
  • 21
  • Colloquia
  • 14
  • Laboratory
  • 21
  • Practical exercises
  • 21
  • Guidance
  • 14
  • English
  • 206