831103 Vegetation ecology

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Wintersemester 2022/23
Languages of instruction


1.Plant distributions (areas)
2.History of flora and vegetation
3.Description and classification of vegetation
4.Plant and environment
5.Ecological adaptation and life strategies
6.Vegetation zones
7.The current vegetation of central Europe


Previous knowledge expected

Botanical knowledge of the species

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After successful completion of this course, the students are acquainted with theoretical and practical basic principles of plant sociology. They have fundamental knowledge of the formation of vegetation, the dependences on environmental factors, the responses of the vegetation cover to these and the methods used to describe and classify vegetation. The latter is the basis for a successful participation in the practical course 831.118 “Excursion to vegetation ecology”.
In the second part of the lecture, the current vegetation of central Europe and the higher-ranking vegetation types are introduced. The students are able to utilize the acquired knowledge in a way that they can recognize and employ the most important habitat characteristics as criteria for the classification of the vegetation types. Thereby, they are enabled to estimate to which extent and with which consequences habitat respectively landscape transformations change the vegetation types.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.