Number of ECTS:
1 - To provide an overview of the biology of algae;
2 - To use the study of algae for understanding the evolution of vascular plants;
3 - To understand the role of algae in freshwater, marine and terrestrial environments;
4 - To develop knowledge and skills for identifying different groups of algae.
1 - The basic characteristics of algae. Structure. Nutrition. Classification.
2 - Main groups (prokaryotic, eukaryotic), the origin of eukaryotic algae.
3 - Growth forms (unicellular, multicellular, coccoid, colonial, filamentous, siphonaceous, parenchymatous).
4 - Morphology and life cycles (gametophyte, sporophyte, alternation of generations).
5 - Diversity, taxonomy and phylogeny (cyanobacteria, euglenophytes, haptophytes, dinophytes, ochrophytes, rhodophytes, chlorophytes and other groups with lower expression).
6 - Ecology (phytoplankton, the role of algae in biogeochemistry, microalgae blooms, harmful algal blooms).
7 - Macroalgae, use of algae for human consumption, for extracting substances, wastewater treatment, associations with other organisms.
Graham, , 2008 , Algae. 2nd ed. Pearson Education , San Francisco
Lee, R. E. , 2008 , Phycology. 4th ed , Cambridge University Press
Assesssment methods and criteria:
Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)
Powerpoint presentation for lectures; practical lessons for learning methodologies for the identification of algae; field trip for in situ identification of seaweed; handouts of presentations in pdf format; evaluation by written exam (50%), notebook practical classes (25%) and report (25%).