PLPPM 3190

PLPPM 3190

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.

Students learn to identify mushrooms and other macrofungi we collect on a series of eight afternoon field trips to local forests. During evening labs, students practice identification skills, using keys and microscopes to observe and differentiate the diverse mushrooms we've collected. The course takes advantage of the peak Fall mushroom season in our region. Brief in-lab lectures introduce fungal diversity and the roles mushrooms play in Earth's ecosystems. Students must attend both lab times.

When Offered Fall (weeks 2-9).

Distribution Category (OPHLS-AG)

  • Recognize a fungus when you see one.
  • Distinguish a handful of common mushrooms in the field.
  • Observe and describe in vivid detail the characteristics of any mushroom.
  • Select an appropriate field guide or key, then integrate your observations to identify unknown mushrooms.
  • Develop a collection of macrofungi from the local environment.
  • Discuss the roles of fungi in the ecosystem.
  • Be able to explain to others, convincingly, why fungi are cool.

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  •   Seven Week - First.  Choose one laboratory and one field studies.

  • 2 Credits Graded

  • 14767 PLPPM 3190   LAB 401

  • Classes begin 2nd week of classes and go for 8 weeks.

  • 14766 PLPPM 3190   FLD 801