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General information on studying biology at LMU can be found on the websites of the Faculty of Biology.

Detailed information on the courses offered by the section “Systematics, biodiversity and evolution of plants” can be found below. To sign up for a course, please use the LSF or email the course supervisor directly.

 

ModuleResearch Course/ForschungspraktikumLecturer
P
12 ECTS
BSc, MSc
Molecular phylogenetics and trait evolution of plants
Students are involved in ongoing research of the lab group spanning from (phylo)genomics to trait evolution of different plant lineages. Students will be given an opportunity to generate their own NGS datasets, and perform a plethora of different (phylo)genomic analyses to answer burning questions in the field of evolutionary botany.
Kadereit,
Morales-Briones,
Veranso-Libalah,
Zerdoner Calasan
P
12 ECTS
BSc, MSc
Biology of C4 and CAM plants
Students are involved in current research on C4 and CAM (Crassulacean Acid Metabolism) plants, i.e., plants with a specialized photosynthetic pathway. The practical may cover different aspects and methods, such as ecology, physiology, and anatomy of C4 and CAM plants as well as gene expression studies and put them into an evolutionary perspective.
Kadereit, Messerschmid,
Siadjeu
P
6, 9 or 12 ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher
Biology of dinophytes
Students are embedded in current research of unicellular algae. Methodologically, the work includes taxonomy and nomenclature, isolating and cultivating of protists, light and electron microscopy and/or molecular phylogenetics. The lab report can be a part of a future publication.
Gottschling
P
6, 9 or 12 ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher
Taxonomy and morphology of selected flowering plants
Students are embedded in current research of flowering plants. Methodologically, the work includes taxonomy and nomenclature, herbarium study, biogeography (georeferencing), light and electron microscopy and/or molecular phylogenetics. The lab report can be a part of a future publication.
Gottschling, Fleischmann
P
6, 9 or 12 ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher


Molecular evolution of flower development
Students participate in the current research on the evolution of proteins, which are involved in the formation of the floral organs.
Methodologically, the work includes working with primary sequence databases, the identification and isolation of respective sequences from plant tissue and the integration of new information into existing phylogenetic trees. It is anticipated that the lab work can be included as a part of a future publication.
Wanke
P
6, 9 or 12 ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher


Plant GAGA-factor evolution and phylogeny
Students participate in the current research on the evolution and maintenance of function in plant GAGA-factors. Methodologically, the work includes primary sequence analyses, the identification and isolation of respective sequences from plant tissue and the integration of new information into existing phylogenetic trees. It is anticipated that the lab work can be included as a part of a future publication.
Wanke
P
6–12 ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher
Genetic diversity of lichens
Students are integrated in current research on the genetic diversity of lichenized fungi or their photobionts, and learn basic population genetic analyses.
Werth
P
6–12 ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher
Species diversity of lichens
Students investigate the species diversity in relation to diverse environmental factors. Species are identified with classical microscopic and chromatographic methods. Data are analyzed with statistics, including ordination and mixed linear models.
Werth
P
6–12 ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher
Bioinformatic analysis of next generation sequencing
Students learn how to analyze data from high throughput DNA sequencing platforms with different bioinformatics tools.
Werth, Chavarria-Pizarro
P
12 ECTS
BSc, MSc
Systematics and biology of carnivorous plants
Students participate in current research on carnivorous plant systematics, phylogenetics, and ecology.
Fleischmann
P
6–12 ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher
Research course: Biology of lichens
Students are integrated in current research on different aspects of the biology of lichenized fungi and/or their photobionts.
Beck