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Course module: B-MEBFBDIV
Fungal Biodiversity
Course infoSchedule
Course codeB-MEBFBDIV
ECTS Credits3
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionDutch, English
Offered byFaculty of Science; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Graduate School of Life Sciences;
Contact personprof. dr. P.W. Crous
prof. dr. P.W. Crous
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. P.W. Crous
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prof. dr. H.A.B. Wosten
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Teaching period
W6A  (04/02/2019 to 22/03/2019)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
RemarkSend an e-mail to for enrollment.
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Waiting listNo
Course placement processdocent
After completing the module the student is able to:
  • understand identification of fungal species based on morphology and DNA phylogeny.
  • understand fungal classification system, systematics, and the use of online tools for fungal identification.
  • understand applied aspects of fungal biodiversity in industry, medical mycology and plant pathology .
  • be able to prepare fungal material for microscopic examination and identification.
  • be able to interpret morphological and molecular results for identification.
  • be able to isolate DNA, do PCR and conduct online BLAST, and confirm results based on morphology.
  • to have knowledge on isolation techniques (soil, plants and dung).
This course gives a concise overview of the biodiversity of the Fungal Kingdom. The course focuses on systematics (Oomycetes, Chytridiomycetes, Zygomycetes, Ascomycetes, Basidiomycetes, Deuteromycetes) and general ecology of fungi, as well as related topics such as soil mycology and diagnostics of plant pathogens. Both visual and molecular recognition methods will be discussed and practical hands on experience will be gained in the recognition and isolation of fungi.
There is overlap with the course Food and Airborne Fungi. Therefore, a student can only participate in one of the courses. 
Send an e-mail to the course coordinator (Prof. dr P.W. Crous, The mail should contain 1) your name; 2) student number; 3) e-mail address; 4) telephone number; 5) current Master track. Please note: the number of participants is limited to 25. Only the first registrations can be accepted.

Mandatory for students in Master’s programme: NO.
Optional for students in other Master’s programmes GS-LS: Infection and Immunity
Entry requirements
You must have a valid study entrance permit
Prerequisite knowledge
Bachelor Biology of Bachelor Biomedical Sciences
Required materials
Recommended materials
Selected articles, and the course book that will be supplied with the course.
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Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade-

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