MARINE INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY
Oral examination at the end of the course. There are no intermediate tests. The exam starts with the discussion of a recent research paper dealing with the topics presented in the course and will continue by discussing the other arguments of the course.
This course examines a wide panel of topics related to marine invertebrates and their symbiotic, environmental, and functional roles and interactions. The aim of the course is to provide concepts and applications in a context of modern zoology. Apart from classic systematics and base concepts for each invertebrate phylum, the course program covers many applicative issues related to these animals, ranging from bioprospecting activities to management and control of invasive species and cryptic ones.
Zoology deals with the study of animals (in this specific cours, the invertebrate ones). There could be many ways to treat such a wide topic. In this course, the systematics aspects are reduced to the very essential aspects, while more detailed information will be provided concerning the structure, biodiversity and interactions typical of each invertebrate phylum. Bioprospecting and conservation issues will be also discussed
INTRODUCTION TO MARINE INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY [A. GALIMBERTI]
- Importance of zoology
- Basic concepts (bauplan, evolution, diversity and interactions)
MARINE INVERTEBRATE PHYLA: SYSTEMATICS AND PRINCIPAL CHARACTERISTICS [A. GALIMBERTI]
- Parazoa (Porifera and Placozoa)
- Eumetazoa and Radiata
- Platyhelminthes and Nemertea
- Rotifera and Nematoda
A FOCUS ON CNIDARIANS [F. BENZONI]
SYMBIOSES BETWEEN MARINE INVERTEBRATES AND UNICELLULAR ALGAE [F. BENZONI]
MARINE INVERTEBRATES AND BIOCONSTRUCTION [F. BENZONI]
MARINE INVERTEBRATES AS PESTS AND INVASIVE SPECIES (CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT ISSUES) [F. BENZONI]
THE HIDDEN BIODIVERSITY OF MARINE INVERTEBRATES [F. BENZONI]
SYMBIOSES INVOLVING MARINE INVERTEBRATES AND BACTERIA [A. GALIMBERTI]
- Intracellular symbioses (base concepts)
- Nutritional symbioses
- Bioluminescent symbioses
APPLICATIVE ZOOLOGY: E-DNA AND MOLECULAR-BASED ADVANCES IN THE STUDY MARINE COMMUNITIES [A. GALIMBERTI]
Textbook and teaching resource
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