Geobotany

2018-2019
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Doel vak

The main objective of this course is to obtain a basic knowledge of
botany and an understanding of the relationship between the most
important terrestrial primary producers (plants) and their biotic and
abiotic environment.
Specific aims are:
- understanding what plants are, why they are important and how they
function
- knowing how and when (terrestrial) plants evolved
- understanding how systematics and taxonomy work
- in relation to the previous aim, by the end of the course, being able
to identify vascular plants using the “Heukels’ Flora van Nederland”
- being able to recognize and name the main native tree species of the
Netherlands
- obtaining general knowledge on the different vegetation districts of
the Netherlands
- understanding that a given species often occurs together with others,
and that these species are part of a particular plant community that is
defined by biotic and abiotic factors, in other words understanding the
basics of ecology
- understanding that knowledge on plants and ecology is necessary for
investigating past vegetation and environmental changes (palaeobotany,
palaeoecology).

Inhoud vak

The course will be a mixture of lectures, practical assignments in class
(plant determination using a flora), excursion, paper presentations and
discussion meetings. The course also includes the making of a
“herbarium”.

Lectures
- A general introduction (content of the course and requirements)
- An introduction to the Plant Kingdom
- The plant Kingdom in a geological and evolutionary perspective (dr. S.
Troelstra)
- Plant morphology
- Introduction to Systematics and Taxonomy and how to use a flora.
- The vegetation of the Netherlands
- An introduction to a number of common flowering plant families and how
to recognize them
- Introduction to the flora of the Netherlands
- The principals of Ecology: from species to biomes
- Palaeoecology: (i) Introduction to Palaeoecology (principles,
archives and biological proxies) (ii) Introduction to the
palaeoecological evolution since the LGM in Western Europe (iii)
Hydrosere (from open water to a peat bog) and the link to plant
macrofossil analysis

Onderwijsvorm

Lectures, assignment photo herbarium, excursion, practical plant
determination using a flora, paper presentations.

Toetsvorm

- Examination of the lectures (70% of the points)
- Photo herbarium (15% of the points)
- Paper presentation (15% of the points)

Literatuur

R. van der Meijden - Heukels' Flora van Nederland, 22e druk 1996 of
eerste bijdruk.

Doelgroep

The course is part of the minor Earth surface.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode AB_1092
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P1
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Bètawetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. N.N.L. Van der Putten
Examinator dr. N.N.L. Van der Putten
Docenten dr. N.N.L. Van der Putten

Praktische informatie

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