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Winter term courses

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.

Winter term 2022-23:

ModuleCourseLecturer
VL
4 SWS
BSc, teacher
Vielfalt des Lebens - Tree of life (Botanical part)
A series of lectures will cover a broad study of organismic botany, including morphological, anatomical and evolutionary aspects of uni- and multicellular algae, lichens, fungi, mosses, ferns and flowering plants.
Kadereit, Gottschling, Werth
VL
4 SWS
BSc, teacher
Systematic Data and Evidence
A series of lectures will discuss the following topics: paleontological and biogeographical data; speciation and radiations; diversity hotspots; principles of phylogenetic tree inference; introduction to biological collecting and collections (including visits to the Bavarian Natural History collections); taxon-specific approaches and problems (e.g., species concepts in bacteria, species concepts in higher organisms, the morpho species concept in paleobiology); role of organismal interactions in the evolution of adaptation; role of systematics in evolutionary biology; the meaning of classification, identification, nomenclature and taxonomy.
Beck, Fleischmann, Kadereit, Werth
Module (VL/P)
6 ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher
WP14: Schwerpunkt Botanik und Mykologie - Focus on Botany and Mycology
The lecture covers the diversity, morphology and evolution of phototrophic organisms (i.e., algae, seedless plants and seed plants) and fungi. The practical course is based on numerous specimens for physical examination, which comprise fresh and pickled material and microscopic slides.
Almer, Facher, Gottschling, Siadjeu, Veranso-Libalah, Werth
S
3 SWS
BSc, MSc, teacher
Function, Genetics and Evolution of C4 and CAM
The block seminar will take place on 8th and 9th of March, 2023.
Each student will present and discuss a publication on C4 or CAM photosynthesis.
Kadereit, Siadjeu, Messerschmid
P
3 SWS
MSc, teacher
Function, Genetics and Evolution of C4 and CAM
C4 and photosynthesis are both extraordinary cases of complex physiological traits that evolved independently in many plant lineages and concentrate carbon around Rubisco to suppress photorespiration and reduce water loss. During the lecture, students will learn how, where and why C4 and CAM photosynthesis evolved and key morphological, anatomical, biochemical, and molecular changes underlying its origin from the C3 ancestor. In addition, they will also learn the diversity and distribution of CAM and C4 photosynthesis in plants studying also intermediate photosynthetic types, such as C2 plants or plants with CAM cycling. Through the practical course, students will examine the differences between CAM and C4 photosynthesis and the ancestral C3 photosynthesis at the physiological and molecular levels. First, they will observe and measure leaf anatomical differences and ecophysiological performance between C3, C4 and CAM plants. Second, they will extract RNA and compare the gene expression profiles of C3, C4 and CAM plants. At the end of the course, important skills in histology, physiology, molecular biology and bioinformatics will be acquired.
Kadereit, Siadjeu, Messerschmid
S
2 SWS
BSc,  MSc
Plant adaptation to extreme environments
Each student will present and discuss a publication on plant adaptation to one or more environmental stressors.
Beck, Fleischmann, Kadereit,
Messerschmid, Rodewald, Zerdoner Calasan
P
3 SWS
BSc,  MSc
Plant adaptation to extreme environments
The course introduces and investigates the biology (morphology, anatomy, physiology, ecology, reproduction) of plants living under extreme growing conditions, such as hydrophytes, halophytes, xerophytes, epiphytes, carnivorous plants, parasitic plants, alpine and arctic plants and lichens. 
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Beck, Fleischmann, Kadereit,
Messerschmid, Rodewald, Zerdoner Calasan
S
2 SWS
BSc,  MSc
Molecular phylogenetics and evolution of plants
Each student will present and discuss a publication on a phylogenetic reconstruction of a certain plant taxon. Possible subtopics are biogeography, trait evolution, systematics, diversification, coevolution and biotic interactions.
Kadereit, Morales-Briones, Veranso-Libalah,
Zerdoner Calasan
P
3 SWS
BSc,  MSc
Molecular phylogenetics and evolution of plants
Students will learn how to generate NGS sequence data and develop trait matrices to test evolutionary and systematic working hypotheses in plant evolutionary biology. They will gain first-hand experience with NGS sequence data handling, phylogenetic tree reconstructions, time divergence estimation analysis, ancestral area reconstruction analysis and trait reconstruction. Students are expected to submit a report in form of a publication summarizing and discussing the results generated throughout the practical course.
Kadereit, Morales-Briones, Veranso-Libalah,
Zerdoner Calasan
Module (VL/P)
3 ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher
Dispersal biology of flowering plants
The lecture builds on the Bachelor's level and covers the following topics: Dispersal, anemo- and hydrochory; epi- and endozoochory; light microscopy. In the practical course, students are introduced to step-by-step procedures for anatomical studies, including detailed observation, embedding and sectioning of specimens as well as standard visualization techniques using light microscopy.
Facher, Gottschling
Module (VL/P)
3 ECTS
BSc, MSc, teacher
Morphology and diversity of eucaryotic algae
The lecture builds on the Bachelor's level and covers the morphological and molecular diversity of eukaryotic algae (e.g., red algae, green algae, brown algae, dinophytes) as well as an introduction to light and electron microscopy. In the practical course, students are introduced to step-by-step procedures for light and electron microscopy, including detailed observation, fixation and preparation of specimens as well as standard visualization techniques using light and scanning electron microscopy
Facher, Gottschling