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Fungi and other organisms traditionally recognized as fungi, such as oomycetes and myxomycetes slime molds , often are economically and socially important, as some cause diseases of animals such as histoplasmosis as well as plants such as Dutch elm disease and Rice blast. Apart from pathogenic fungi, many fungal species are very important in controlling the plant diseases caused by different pathogens.

For example, species of the filamentous fungal genus Trichoderma considered as one of the most important biological control agents as an alternative to chemical based products for effective crop diseases management.

Field meetings to find interesting species of fungi are known as 'forays', after the first such meeting organized by the Woolhope Naturalists' Field Club in and entitled "A foray among the funguses"[ sic ]. Some fungi can cause disease in humans and other animals - The study of pathogenic fungi that infect animals is referred to as medical mycology. It is presumed that humans started collecting mushrooms as food in prehistoric times. Mushrooms were first written about in the works of Euripides B.

The Greek philosopher Theophrastos of Eresos B. It was later Pliny the Elder 23—79 A. The word mycology comes from the Greek: The Middle Ages saw little advancement in the body of knowledge about fungi.

Rather, the invention of the printing press allowed some authors to disseminate superstitions and misconceptions about the fungi that had been perpetuated by the classical authors.

The start of the modern age of mycology begins with Pier Antonio Micheli 's publication of Nova plantarum genera. The term mycology and the complementary mycologist were first used in by M. For centuries, certain mushrooms have been documented as a folk medicine in China , Japan , and Russia. Current research focuses on mushrooms that may have hypoglycemic activity, anti- cancer activity, anti- pathogenic activity, and immune system -enhancing activity.

Recent research has found that the oyster mushroom naturally contains the cholesterol-lowering drug lovastatin , mushrooms produce large amounts of vitamin D when exposed to ultraviolet UV light , [14] and that certain fungi may be a future source of taxol. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. While mushrooms and toadstools poisonous mushrooms are by no means the most numerous or economically significant fungi, they are the most easily recognized.

The Latin word for mushroom , fungus plural fungi , has come to stand for the whole group. Fungi other than mushrooms are sometimes collectively called molds, although this term is better restricted to fungi of the sort represented by bread mold. For information about slime molds, which exhibit features of both the animal and the fungal worlds, see protist.

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Provides students with the computation and bioinformatics skills needed to apply new phylogenetic techniques that can accommodate larger, more complex data sets.

SIDOR Examines fossil vertebrate life, focusing on systematics and morphology of major lineages fish, reptiles, bird, and early mammal relatives. Examines fossil and modern vertebrates from the Burke Museum collection in the lab. BIOL Invertebrate Paleontology 5 NW Important larger invertebrate groups; morphology, classification, stratigraphic distribution, evolution, paleoecology.

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Includes structure, classification, physiology, and ecology of insects. Interrelationships of insects and man. Requires at least one weekend field trip. Deep discussion of the immune system, vaccines, pathogens focusing on viruses and how the battle between good and evil needs a healthy balance.

Focuses on the biological aspects of cellular and system-wide defense against pathogens. BIOL , , or Riffell Exploration of how chemical signals are produced, transported, and influence behavior of microbes, plants, and animals. Synthetic approach, with emphasis on applications to cell biology, neurobiology, and ecology. Techniques for quantifying genetic variation, behavioral effects, and gene expression. Bosma Invertebrate and vertebrate examples illustrate the mechanisms used in constructing nervous systems.

Focus on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie questions about the basis of neuronal diversity, axonal pathfinding and target recognition, synaptogenesis, and activity-dependent plasticity. BIOL Mammalian Physiology 3 NW Principles of mammalian physiology with special emphasis on the cardiac, respiratory, renal systems taught at the organ and organ systems level. BIOL Neurobiology 3 NW Examination of neuronal function with a focus on sensory systems, research techniques, neurological disease and potential therapeutics.

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Uses a variety of animals to highlight transitions in metabolism, muscle function, respiration, circulation, digestion, excretion, and ion regulation. Weigle Students deepen their understanding of human physiology and pathophysiology by performing in-depth analyses of actual medical cases. Cases are chosen to illustrate the mechanisms of frequently encountered diseases and the clinical presentation of affected patients.

Bergstrom Responds to new applications of evolutionary biology in medicine, now being discovered at an accelerating rate. Emphasizes medically relevant aspects of evolutionary biology. Integrates techniques developed by taxonomists, paleontologists, geologists, evolutionists, ecologists, and biogeographers to elucidate relationships between geographical distributions and continental drift, ecological interactions, climate, and dispersal abilities of organisms.

BIOL Community Ecology 5 NW Covers the complexity of biological communities as influenced by biotic and abiotic factors, as well as the impact of human activities like global warming on communities.

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Research projects supervised by an individual faculty member. Projects may include laboratory work, fieldwork, and literature surveys. Boersma Field projects examining ecological and behavioral topics such as foraging and social behavior, species interactions, and structure of terrestrial and aquatic communities. Two weekend fieldtrips required. Kerr Explores experimentally approachable questions in ecology and evolution through lectures, laboratory, and field experiments.

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Participants give presentations in either professional-meeting or chalk-talk formats. Uses written and oral evaluations by audience to focus on scientific content as well as presentation skills. Survey of how theory, modeling, and statistics can be applied to observations and experiments in evolutionary biology.

Covers theory and use of phylogeny in comparative biology.

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