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BOTAN 120 Introduction to Mycology • 6 Cr.




Surveys the study of fungi, emphasizing interrelationships with the plant and animal kingdoms. Topics include classification and naming, reproduction, fungi as pathogens of plants, mycotoxins, medicinal and/or shamanistic uses, edible mushrooms, fungal diseases, plant/fungus symbiotic relationships, and pest management.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Retrieve information from a variety of sources and evaluate this information for validity and cite research sources correctly.
  • Identify fungal phyla and classes and fungus-like protists.
  • Classify fungi according to their morphological and pharmacological characteristics.
  • Demonstrate understanding of basic fungal life cycles.
  • Explain the evolutionary role of selection related to the use of fungicides.
  • Describe the interdependence of mycorrhizae and plant growth.
  • Describe the interdependence of fungi and nutrient recycling in ecosystems.
  • Describe knowledge of pathogenic and toxic fungi and their effect on other life forms.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the diversity of foods and medicines used by humans.
  • Evaluate the search for and use of fungal medicines in relation to environmental and social justice.
  • Evaluate the role of sustainability in relation to energy and nutrient cycles, biodiversity and ecosystems.



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3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
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