COASTAL AND MARINE BOTANY
oral examination consisting of questions related to all the contents of the lessons and the practical activities . During the exam the candidate must demonstrate the ability to address and critically discuss the topics.
Mark range: 18-30/30
-Understanding the diversity of species and structures of costal and marine plants.
-Understanding the role of costal vegetation and marine plants in their ecosystems.
-Acquiring skills for identifying costal and marine plants.
-Providing basic concepts about the applications of marine plants.
This subject will focus on plants of marine environments, particularly on micro and macroalgae, seagrasses and plants forming costal vegetation with a special emphasis on the Mediterranean and tropical regions. The introduction will deal with the biodiversity of plants in order to understand what phyla of plants can be found in marine and costal environments. The first part of the course will focus on systematics, including the topics diversity, structure, evolution and biology. The second part will focus on costal vegetation of Mediterrannean and tropical regions. The third part will deal with the evironmental and human problems caused by marine plants and with their applications.
INTRODUCTION TO COSTAL AND MARINE BOTANY
- The plant evolution and biodiversity (from cianobacteria to Angiosperms)
- The big groups of plants living in costal and marine environment
SYSTEMATICS OF MARINE PLANTS IN TERMS OF EVOLUTION
- micro algeae:
- macroalgeae: Rhodophyta, Ulvophyceae, Phaeophyceae
PROBLEMS RELATED TO MARINE PLANTS
- alien plants
- harmful algal blooms
- toxic algeae
USES OF MARINE PLANTS PRACTICAL SECTION
practical activities in field with the aim to acquire skills for identifying costal and marine plants.
Textbook and teaching resource
- Textbooks and References:
“Marine Botany”, by Dawes C.J., John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
“Seaweed Ecology and Physiology”, by Hurd et al., Cambridge
“Global Seagrass Research Methods”, by Short & Coles, Elsevier
“Alghe e Fanerogame del Mediterráneo”, by Rodríguez-Prieto et al., Il Castello (edizione italiana);
“Algaebase”, Guiry & Guiry, www.algaebase.org
- Lessons: 5 credits
- Tutorials: 1 credit