Fungi are one of the most species-rich groups of organisms in the Arctic with a large significance for arctic ecosystem processes. However, the knowledge about arctic fungi still scares, making arctic mycology an exciting topic.
Through lectures, exercises and field work, the course will cover topics like 1) arctic fungal diversity and evolution, including methods of species identification and diversity assessment through field recognition, classical microscopy and recent molecular technology, 2) arctic fungal ecology, including food-webs and how mycorrhizal, saprotrophic and pathogenic fungi drive nutrient and energy cycling in the Arctic, 3) physiology and, 4) other mutualistic relationships like lichens.
|Language of instruction||English|
|Institution||University Centre in Svalbard|
|Fields of study||Biology and biochemistryEnvironmental scienceLife science (broad programmes)|