Botany 135, T. Th. 1:30-2:45

 

George Wong, St. John, 612B

 

Fall Semester, 2011

 

Phone: X63940

 

Office Hours: Thursdays, 3:00-4:00

 

Email: gwong@hawaii.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Magical Mushrooms and Mystical Molds

 

Dates

Topics                                       

 

 

Introduction to Fungi

 

08/23/11 

Introduction to course

Lect01

08/25/11

Skeptical Thinking, Scientific Method & Koch's Postulate

Lect02 

Homework: View The Rotten World About Us

08/29/11

What is a FungusFungal Diversity?

Lect03

09/01/11 Taxonomy: Naming and Classification of Fungi

Lect04

09/06/11

 How Do Fungi Get Around?

Lect05 

 

 

 

 

Pathogenic Fungi

 

09/08/11

Introduction to Plant Pathology, Irish Potato 

Lect06

 

Famine, Downy Mildew of Grapes & Panama disease of Banana

 

09/13/11

Diseases of Trees 

Lect07 

09/15/11

Rust diseases of wheat and coffee and other plants, and  smut 

Lect08 

diseases
09/19/11 Study Session for First Exam, 10:30
09/20/11 First Exam

09/22/11

Field Trip: Plant Pathology Department

09/27/11

Fungi as Human Pathogens

Lect09

09/29/11

Sapotrophic Activities of Fungi

Lect10

 

 

 

Mycotoxins

 

 

10/04/11

Discovery of Mycotoxins and Common Examples  

Lect11

10/06/11

Mycotoxins in the Work Place & Homes

Lect12

 

Homework: View Secrets of the Dead: Witches Curse (PBS Video)

 

10/11/11

Mycotoxins: Ergot of Rye

Lect13

10/13/11

Mycotoxins: The Story of LSD

Lect14

10/18/11

Mushrooms and Religion: Amanita muscaria

 Lect15

(The Fly Agaric)

 

10/20/11 Mushrooms and Religion:  Conocybe,

Lect16

Panaeolus, Psilocybe and Stropharia
Homework: View  Time Machine: Hippies (History Channel
Documentary)
Homework: Listen to History of Psychedelia (BBC) [Parts 1 & 2]
10/25/11 Influence of LSD on the origin of acid rock and  "young" fashion 

Lect17

10/26/11 Study Session for Second Exam, 10:30
10/27/11 Second Exam
11/01/11 Poisonous Mushrooms

Lect18

Fungi in Food and Beverages

 

11/03/11 Wild Edible Mushrooms 

Lect19

11/08/11 Cultivation of Mushrooms and Other Fungi

Lect20

Homework: View Home Brew: A Video on How to Make Beer at 
Home
11/10/11 Yeast and Fermentation, Alcoholic Beverages: Beer, Wine, Liquor,

Lect21

etc.

11/15/11

Fungi and their role in manufacturing of food product:

Lect22

 

Bread, Cheeses, Tempe, Miso, Quorn and Red Yeast Rice.

 

 

 

 

Other Uses of Fungi

 

 

11/17/11

The Story of Penicillin, Wonder Drug

Lect23

11/22/11

 The Aftermath of Penicillin

Lect24

11/24/11

Holiday - Thanksgiving Day

11/29/11

Fungi of Medicinal Interest?

Lect25 

12/01/11

Symbiotic Relationships Fungi:

 Lect26

Plants (Mycorrhizae), and Algae (Lichens)

12/06/11

Symbiotic Relationships of Fungi: Animals

 Lect27

12/08/11

Study Session for Final Exam 

12/15/11 (Thursday)

Final Exam, 12:00 - 2:00

 

 

Course Grade

There will be two semester exams (100 points X 2 = 200 points), consisting of multiple-choice questions, fill-ins and short answers that are based mostly the lectures, readings and videos. The final exam will not be cumulative, and will cover the lecture material starting from material following the second exam. The value of the final exam will be 100 points, the same value as that of the semester’s exams. Note that the final exam will be on Thursday, December 15, 2011! Thus, be certain that your plans at the end of the semester will not conflict with the date of the final exam. The total points for the three exams will be 300 points (=20% X 3 = 60% of your grade).

Another 20% (=100 points) will be based on a term paper that will be done on some topic of your choosing having to do with some aspect of fungi. The topic can cover any aspect of fungi that you feel will be of interest. However, before starting your paper please check with me in order to ascertain the appropriateness of the topic. Please try to decide on a topic and discuss it with me as soon as possible. The paper should be between 8-12 pages and have a detailed bibliography, preferably from “hard copy” sources. Please try to minimize references from web pages, as they are often unreliable. Your term paper must be turned in no later than December 08, 2011, the last day of instruction.

The remaining 20% (=100 points) of your grade will be based on four reading assignments (25 points per paper X 4 = 100 points) that I will post on Laulima. You will write a one-page synopsis in which you will include vocabulary words and concepts that will be covered for each article. For each assignment I will give you the vocabulary words and concepts that should be included in your paper. The assignments will be submitted in Word, with one-inch margins, in 12 point, Arial, Times Roman or an equivalent font. Your assignments will be submitted on Laulima on a given date. Late assignments will be accepted, minus one point for the first day and two points for the second, etc.