551-0361-00L  Biology of Bryophytes and Ferns

SemesterAutumn Semester 2020
LecturersR. Holderegger, A. L. Bergamini
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
CommentNumber of participants limited to 16.
The enrolment is done by the D-BIOL study administration.

General safety regulations for all block courses:
-Whenever possible the distance rules have to be respected
-All students have to wear masks throughout the course (keep reserve masks ready)
-The installation and activation of the Swiss Covid-App is highly encouraged
-Any additional rules for individual courses have to be respected
-Students showing any COVID-19 symptoms are not allowed to enter ETH buildings and have to inform the course responsible


AbstractBryophytes: basic knowledge on the morphology, ecology, biogeography and endangerment of byrophytes; knowledge of common species; skills in the determination of bryophytes; field trip.
Ferns: basic knowledge on the life cycle, evolution and ecology of ferns; identification of Swiss fern species; field trips.
ObjectiveBryophytes: basic knowledge on the morphology, ecology, biogeography and endangerment of byrophytes; knowledge of common species; skills in the determination of bryophytes.
Ferns: basic knowledge on the life cycle, evolution and ecology of ferns; identification of Swiss fern species.
ContentBryophytes: Systematics and morphology of hornworts, liverworts and mosses and special themes such as ecology, biogeography, diversity and endangerment of bryophytes; one full-day field trip.
Ferns: Life cycle; evolutionary groups of ferns and lycopods; breeding systems, micro- and macroevolution; ecology; full-day and half-day field trips.
Lecture notesHand-outs will be distributed.
LiteratureVanderpoorten A. and Goffinet B. 2009. Introduction to Bryophytes. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (non- mandatory).
Prerequisites / NoticeStudents have to present a poster on a special theme.

Grade according to poster presentation and contributions during the course.

Requirements: first and second year courses in Botany and Evolution.