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BTNY202 Plant and Fungal Diversity

Plant and fungal diversity with an emphasis on New Zealand species, the processes that drive species diversification, and methods for exploring and describing evolutionary relationships among species.

This paper explores patterns of diversity in the plant and fungal kingdoms with a particular emphasis on New Zealand. Students acquire skills in plant and fungal identification using molecular, microscopic and morphological information, and gain an appreciation of evolutionary processes driving speciation as well as taxonomic methods for describing new species. The value of plant diversity to human society is also explored in theory and practice.

Paper title Plant and Fungal Diversity
Paper code BTNY202
Subject Botany
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,320.00

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Prerequisite
One of BIOL 112, BIOL 113, BIOL 123, BTNY 111, CELS 191, HUBS 191, HUBS 192, ECOL 111 and 18 further points from Science Schedule C
Restriction
BTNY 223
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
Suitable for undergraduates, graduates and professionals of all disciplines interested in or working with plants and fungi.
Contact
botany@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Janice M. Lord
Lecturer: Dr David A. Orlovich
Teaching Arrangements
24 Lectures (or equivalent)
12 Labs
Textbooks
To be advised
Course outline
View the course outline for BTNY 202
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, scholarship, communication, critical thinking, research.
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Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the central concepts, theories and current areas of research.
Paper Structure
Lectures
  • Section I (13 lectures) - Fungal diversity, systematics and molecular phylogenetics
  • Section II (13 lectures) - New Zealand plant evolution, diversity and ethnobotany.
Field Trips
  • Dunedin Botanic Gardens
  • Weekend day trip to Leith Saddle
Laboratories
  • Introduction to fungal diversity
  • DNA extraction and PCR
  • Phylogenetic reconstruction with molecular data
  • Leaf adaptations to environment
  • Field plant identification techniques
  • Floral biology, pollen morphology and testing honey purity

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Monday 14:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41

Plant and fungal diversity with an emphasis on New Zealand species, the processes that drive species diversification, and methods for exploring and describing evolutionary relationships among species.

The diversity of land plants and fungi from the level of genes to biomes is explored using a range of hands-on techniques, with a particular emphasis on the New Zealand flora and species of value to human society.
This paper is essential for students majoring in Botany, highly relevant to Ecology and Plant Biotechnology majors and anyone interested in understanding or being able to identify plants and fungi.

Paper title Plant and Fungal Diversity
Paper code BTNY202
Subject Botany
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
One of BIOL 112, BIOL 113, BIOL 123, BTNY 111, CELS 191, HUBS 191, HUBS 192, ECOL 111 and 18 further points from Science Schedule C
Restriction
BTNY 223
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
Suitable for undergraduates, graduates and professionals of all disciplines interested in or working with plants and fungi.
Contact
botany@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Janice M. Lord
Lecturer: Dr David A. Orlovich
Paper Structure
Lectures
  • Section I (13 lectures) - Plant lifestyle diversity, ethnobotany and the New Zealand flora.
  • Section II (13 lectures) - Fungal diversity, systematics and molecular phylogenetics
Field Trips
  • Dunedin Botanic Gardens
  • Weekend day trip to Leith Saddle (involves hiking)
Laboratories
  • Structures and features of major land plant groups
  • Leaf adaptations to environment
  • Discovering fungal diversity
  • Cultivation of fungi
Teaching Arrangements
24 Lectures (or equivalent)
12 Labs
Textbooks
To be advised.
Course outline
View the course outline for BTNY 202
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes
Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the central concepts, theories and current areas of research.

^ Top of page

Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
P1 Monday 14:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41