831338 Plant populations and conservation genetics (in Eng.)

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Sommersemester 2023
Languages of instruction


Basic principles of population size, dynamics and demography of populations, reproduction and fertilization, population structure. Methods for assessment of allele frequencies within populations as well as the influence of fertilization system, population size, population structure, random drift, and selection on allele frequencies shall be highlighted. The importance of genetic diversity is carved out, as well as the correlation between genetic composition, extinction and the consequences for ex situ- and in situ-conservation measures.

Previous knowledge expected

Basic knowledge in biology und genetics.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Graduates of this course have theoretical and practical knowledge on the structure, interactions and variability within plant populations. They know basic facts and terms of population regulation and dynamics, as well as phenotypic plasticity, genetic variability and evolutionary genetics. They know the relationship between reproductive system and genetic variability and the Hardy-Weinberg-principle. Their acquired knowledge enables them to estimate genetic distances, effective population sizes and to evaluate the risk of extinction. The students have the ability to apply the gained knowledge in in-situ and ex-situ conservation measures.
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