Reinhard Berndt: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2021

Name Dr. Reinhard Berndt
Address
Institut für Integrative Biologie
ETH Zürich, CHN D 37
Universitätstrasse 16
8092 Zürich
SWITZERLAND
Telephone+41 44 632 61 13
E-mailreinhard.berndt@usys.ethz.ch
DepartmentBiology
RelationshipLecturer

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
551-0216-00LField Course in Mycology Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 8.
3 credits3.5PR. Berndt, M. A. Garcia Otalora
AbstractThis mycology class combines field excursions and a practical training in the lab. The participants will be introduced to the species diversity and morphology of basidio- and ascomycetes, learn how fungi are collected for scientific purposes and how they are determined by macroscopic and microscopic characters using specialist literature. This year’s course will focus on lichenized fungi.
ObjectiveRecognizing fungal species diversity and learning to determine basidio- and ascomycete species.
Collecting, documenting and preparing herbarium specimens of fungi for scientific purposes.
Introduction to the light microscopy of fungi.
Learning how to use specialist mycology literature and understanding the technical terminology.
Knowledge of the relevant macroscopic und microscopic characters of fungi.
ContentIntroduction to the taxonomy of basidio- and ascomycetes. Field excursions to study fungi in their habitats. Study and determination of the collections in the lab. Micromorphology of basidio- and ascomycetes (incl. lichenized fungi). Introduction to major groups of plant-pathogenic fungi, especially rust fungi.
Lecture notesScripts will be handed out.
LiteratureTechnical literature will be provided in the lecture room.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course is restricted to eight persons who are requested to enroll by a written application to the lecturers.
Requirements: The participants need to read in advance selected chapters from mycology textbooks (to be announced) to gather the basic mycology knowledge necessary for the course.
701-0314-00LPlant Diversity: Colline/Montane Restricted registration - show details
Participation in LV 701-0360-00L (Systematic Biology of Plants) or comparable knowledge (after consultation with the lecturer).
Enrollment for target group until 19.02.2021.
Waiting list until 31.3.2021.
3 credits6PR. Berndt
AbstractThe practical focuses on the vegetation and flora of the colline and montane belts of Switzerland. It comprises five day excursions to typical and botanically rich locations. During the excursions the students will deepen their knowledge of plant species and learn to recognize important vegetation units and their ecological characteristics.
ObjectiveKnowledge of the flora and ecological conditions of the most important vegetation units of the colline and montane belts of Switzerland. Consolidation of taxonomic and plant morphological knowledge. Experience in plant determination using scientific determination keys. Basic collecting and herbarium techniques.
ContentThis course gives an introduction to the flora and vegetation of the colline and montane belts of Switzerland. During five excursions the students will become acquainted with the most important vegetation types, their species diversity and the respective environmental conditions.
Besides deepening the knowledge of plant species and vegetation a focus will be laid on how man shaped the cultural landscape and continues to change it.
Literature-Stützel T. 2015. Botanische Bestimmungsübungen (3. Aufl.). UTB, Ulmer Verlag.

-Hess H.E., Landolt E., Hirzel R. & Baltisberger M. 2015: Bestimmungsschlüssel zur Flora der Schweiz. 7., aktualisierte und überarbeitete Aufl., Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel/Boston/Berlin.
Prerequisites / NoticeParticipants need to know the teaching contents of the lecture « Plant Systematics » (LV 701 0360 00L) and the associated exercises and excursions.
It is expected that the participants know how to use a determination key (Hess et al. 2015. Bestimmungsschlüssel zur Flora der Schweiz) and understand the necessary botanical terminology (e.g. Stützel 2015).

Students from other universities are requested to contact the lecturers.

Program: Depending on actual CoVid situation the program may be changed on short notice!
15.-19. 6.: Day excursions (destinations to be announced)
22.6. (morning): Exam (9-11 Uhr, HIL E1)

The excursions will take place under any weather conditions. The participants should be equipped appropriately to cope with rough and steep terrain and adverse weather conditions. Sturdy mountain boots are mandatory!

Course fees:
No course fees.
701-2314-00LPlant Diversity Restricted registration - show details
Maximum participants: 4 (D-BIOL)

Prerequisite: Enrollment and successful performance assessment of LV 701-0360-00L (Systematic Biology: Plants).

Enrollment for target group until 19.02.2021.
Waiting list until 31.3.2021.

The registration form must be handed in by 05.03.2021. Unconfirmed places are allocated to students on the waiting list.

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. Please keep reserve masks ready. Surgical masks (IIR) or medical grade masks (FFP2) without a valve are permitted. Community masks (fabric masks) are not allowed.
-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.
6 credits12PR. Berndt, A. Guggisberg
AbstractThe practical focuses on the flora and vegetation of selected areas of the Alps and covers the altitudinal range between the colline and the alpine zone. During two excursions, the students will deepen their knowledge of plant species and learn to recognize important vegetation units and their ecological characteristics.
ObjectiveKnowledge of the most important vegetation types, their flora and ecological conditions between the colline and the alpine zone. Consolidation of taxonomic and plant morphological knowledge. Experience in plant determination using scientific determination keys. Basics of scientific collecting and pressing of plants (part I colline/montane).
ContentIn the present course, students can deepen their knowledge on plant species diversity, plant families and morphology. We further study the plants in their natural communities and discuss their environmental conditions as well as eventual adaptations. Further information are provided under each practical part.
Literature- Baltisberger M., Nyffeler R. & Widmer A. 2013: Systematische Botanik. 4., vollständig überarbeitete und erweiterte Aufl. v/d/f Hochschulverlag AG an der ETH Zürich.
- Stützel T. 2015. Botanische Bestimmungsübungen (3. Aufl.). UTB, Ulmer Verlag.
- Hess H.E., Landolt E., Hirzel R. & Baltisberger M. 2015: Bestimmungsschlüssel zur Flora der Schweiz. 7., aktualisierte und überarbeitete Aufl., Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel/Boston/Berlin.
Prerequisites / NoticeWe only admit students to the practical who have successfully completed the introductory lectures and the associated exercises and excursions (cf. course 701-0360-00L Systematic Biology: Plants). In addition, it is expected that the participants know how to use a determination key (Bestimmungsschlüssel zur Flora der Schweiz) and understand the necessary descriptive terminology.

Students from other universities are requested to contact the lecturers.

Program: Depending on actual Covid situation the program may be changed on short notice!
Part I - colline/montane:
15.-19.6.: guided day excursions (to be announced)
22.6.: (9-11 a.m, HIL E1)

Part II - subalpine/alpine:
27.6.-1.7.: individual activities and guided day excursions (to be announced)
3.7.: exam at ETH Zentrum

The excursions will take place under any weather conditions. The participants should be able to cope with rough and steep terrain and should bring appropriate equipment. Sturdy mountain boots are mandatory!

Course fees:
No course fees.