Classification, identification, culturing, life histories, and ecology of fungi, from slime molds to hallucinogenic mushrooms; the significance of fungi in human history, from their contribution to the art of bread making and alcoholic fermentation to their destructiveness as agents of deadly diseases of plants and animals. Prereq: principles of biology I, II or introduction to botany, or equivalent. Special fee. Lab.
Additional Course Description:
This is a field and lab course emphasizing the identification, classification, and ecology of macrofungi. Field collections of wild mushrooms will be identified from habitat, macroscopic, microscopic and molecular genetic characteristics using printed and online resources.
Some Saturday or Sunday field trips required.