ECOS1097 Advanced species identification: Polypores (2 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024


The course is about identification, conservation and ecology of polypores and other wood-inhabiting fungi. Three days are spent on a field trip to both primaeval and managed forests. 

Learning outcomes

The student learns to use polypores as an indicator group reflecting both the history and current condition of the forest. Student also learns to identify the most common boreal polypore species as well the most important indicator species. Student also learns to evaluate his/her own identification skills critically.

Study materials

Niemelä, Tuomo 2005: Käävät, puiden sienet. Norrlinia

Kunttu, Panu & Halme, Panu 2008. Keski-Suomen valtionmaiden käävät. Metsähallituksen luonnonsuojelujulkaisuja, sarja A 173. Ladattavissa ilmaiseksi osoitteessa

Ryvarden et al. 2014. Poroid Fungi of Europe. 

Completion methods

Method 1

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Participation in teaching (2 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Study methods:

Lectures, demos and a field works.