- Schedule of Classes - February 24, 2020 7:14PM EST
- Course Catalog - February 24, 2020 7:15PM EST
Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.
Presentation of the fungi and how they shape our civilizations and the natural world in which we live. Fungi play important roles in pressing issues in agriculture, food security, climate, disease, and environment. This class emphasizes the significance of fungi as decayers of organic matter, as pathogens and symbionts of plants and animals, as food, and as sources of mind-altering chemicals.
When Offered Spring.
Forbidden Overlaps Forbidden Overlap: due to an overlap in content, students will not receive credit for both PLPPM 2010 and PLPPM 2013.
Distribution Category (OPHLS-AG)
Comments Enrollment in discussion section limited to: 15 students selected by application during the first week of classes. Link to application provided in first class session.Outcomes
- Describe the properties of fungi and relate them to their abilities and their contributions to ecosystems.
- Discuss positive and negative effects of fungi on food and agriculture and evaluate their impacts on global food security.
- Explain how fungal toxins, allergens, and diseases affect human health.
- Apply evolutionary concepts and knowledge of fungal life cycles to devise ways to manage disease progress.
- Describe fungal foods, biochemicals, and materials and explain how they may contribute to environmental sustainability.
- Compare lichen and mycorrhizal symbioses and discuss their contributions to carbon cycling and climate.
- Communicate information about a wide range of fungi and their impacts to diverse audiences.
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