Syllabus for Chemistry, Biology and Ecology of Truffle-Forming Fungi

Kemi, biologi och ekologi hos tryffelsvampar

Syllabus

  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 3FN020
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Pharmaceutical Sciences G1N, Pharmaceutical Chemistry G1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2019-10-25
  • Established by: The Educational Board of Pharmacy
  • Applies from: Spring 2020
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements
  • Responsible department: Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course the student should:

  • be able to account for the truffle life form, its evolution, distribution, life cycles and the species richness of truffles.
  • be able to account for what distinguishes basidiomycete and ascomycete truffles, as well as macroscopically and microscopically.
  • be able to identify certain selected species/genera from both groups.
  • be able to account for the ecology of a truffle biotope, and how this knowledge is applied in truffle cultivation.
  • be able to account for specialized metabolites from truffles and to understand their function, biological activity and application in pharmacy and gastronomy from a historical, contemporary and future perspective.

Content

The course treats the truffle life form, evolutionary aspects, species richness, distribution and life

cycles (e.g. sexual and asexual reproduction). Differences between the main groups of truffles,

such as basidiomycete and ascomycete truffles (so called false and true truffles respecitively), are

assessed as well as basic macroscopic and microscopic identification of selected species with

focus on economically important species. Specialized metabolites from truffles, their function,

biological activity and application in pharmacy and gastronomy, is enlightened from a historical,

contemporary and future perspective. Further, the ecology of a truffle biotope, and how this

knowledge is applied in truffle cultivation, is studied.

Instruction

Teaching is conducted through lectures, seminars, group exercises, laborative work and fieldtrip/study visit to a natural truffle biotope and truffle orchard on Gotland, as well as writing a literature based scientific essay.

The course may be given in English if necessary.

Assessment

The requirements for passing the course are passed seminars, laboration and field studies (3 credits) and passed written and oral examination of the literature study (2hp). Possibility to redo or complement compulsory sections can earliest be provided one month after the course is finished or the next time the course is given.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Other directives

The course will be given as a summer course at Campus Gotland.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2020

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Course literature available electronically through the course web page according to the course coordinator's instructions.