Master-level students (and Ph.D students)
A basic soils course is preferred but not mandatory.
After the course the student understands the complexity of belowground ecosystems and knows how to describe forest soil as a habitat for different organism groups (belowground parts of vegetation, soil animals and microbes). The student is able to explain the functional roles of soil organisms and their interaction. The student is able to evaluate the roles of tree roots, mycorrhizas and their mycelia in carbon and nutrient cycling and water uptake in different types (species, site) of forest ecosystems, and under different climatic and environmental impacts.
Even years, period III, 1st or 2nd master study year.
Physico-chemical environment of organic and mineral soil as a habitat, soil processes. Soil food web, including living, dead and decomposing belowground vegetation and aboveground litter, soil fauna and microbes, and their interactions. Organism groups, their abundancies, functional roles and habitat requirements. Dynamics of tree and understorey roots and rhizomes and their mycorrhizas. Research methods.
Lectures, seminars, group work, textbook, excursion.
All material will be announced at the course and distributed through Moodle.
Scale 0-5. Evaluation is based on exam (50%), seminars (25%) and group report (25%).
Due to current COVID-19 situation general examinations in lecture halls are cancelled. You can contact the teacher to ask about alternative completion methods.
Professor Heljä-Sisko Helmisaari
Replaces the former course 830154 Forest soil and root ecology, 5 cr.