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Plant Systematics and Diversity, 10 cr


Course description

Linnaeus would have been overwhelmed…!

Molecular methods have revolutionized plant systematics during recent decades. Systematic information is becoming increasingly web-based, accessible for anyone who knows how to find it and make use of it. This course intends to update and deepen the participants’ knowledge with respect to the diversity, phylogeny and systematics of ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms. The participants will get an overview of modern morphological terminology. We discuss theories and models based on molecular phylogenies, such as APGIII, the modern classification system of angiosperms. Internet-based tools are introduced and tested. The angiosperm families are presented with special emphasis on cultivated representatives.


Studies are carried out at full time using an web-based approach. The web-based learning platform is called LUVIT. The course consists of six work packages, which each include information about texts that are supposed to be studied and exercises that are supposed to be turned in. In addition to the textbook, information is acquired from internet-based sources. We will have a two-day IRL (In Real Life) session in Lund including exercises, student presentations, studies in the Lund Botanical Garden and a demonstration of the botanical part of the Lund Biological Museum. The language of instruction is English. The course is a part of a Nordic Masters’ programme in Biodiversity and Systematics (organised by Nordic Academy of Biodiversity and Systematics Studies – NABIS). This means that we have access to experts on different plant groups from leading universities in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. The course is optional in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Science, major Biology. The course is also offered as a single subject course.


The examination is based on the results from the exercises that are completed and turned in during the course.

And then…

The course provides a solid foundation for occupations related to plant systematics, plant biology, teaching, nature conservation and horticulture. Recommended supplemental courses are the intermediate level course in Floristics (BIOF03) as well as the advanced courses focussing on Mosses, lichen and fungi (BIOR11), Bryophyte Morphology and Identification (BIOR73) and Plant ecology and evolution (BIOR74).

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Study coordinator

Lotta Persmark
Study advisor
Education office, Ecology building

Telephone: +46 46-222 37 28
E-mail: Lotta [dot] Persmark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Course coordinator

Nils Cronberg
Associate Professor

Telephone: +46 46-222 89 74
E-mail: Nils [dot] Cronberg [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Course literature

You find all literature at our course literature page

Course period

The course is offered during the second part of the spring term.The language of instruction is English.


Schedule for the course Plant Systematics and Diversity (pdf; 129 kB)

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