DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY "LAZZARO SPALLANZANI"
EXPERIMENTAL AND APPLIED BIOLOGY
Biologia ambientale e biodiversità
1st semester (01/10/2021 - 14/01/2022)
48 lesson hours
Basic knowledge of biology and general physiology
To get a large knowledge of the of theinteraction between environmente and phenotype, including the evolution process. A few sensory mechanisms are analized. A thesis is elaborated by the students on a subject of interest.
Environment: stress, resources, and selection; adaptation : basic mechanisms and significance. Problems related to the size and allometric and isometric scale factors; scale factors and metabolism, scale factors and locomotion. Water, ions, osmotic balance and water balance: excretion and osmoregulation in animals. Food and nutrition. Metabolism and energy budget. Introduction to respiratory function. The temperature: terminology and strategies, biochemical and physiological effects, heat exchange with the environment, regulation of production, recruitment and heat loss.
Part 2. An introduction to Respiration and Circulation.Temperature and its effect. An introduction to the nervous system. Electroreception. Magnetoreception. Mechanoreceptors, Chemoreceptors, Termoreceptors. The Vision. The fish lateral line. The marin life: respiratory adaptation, marine signaling.
The course is organized in frontal lectures by presenting slides in Power Point.
Reccomended or required readings
No english textbooks
Oral examination and discussion of a sintetic research on a specific subject
No further informations
Sustainable development goals - Agenda 2030