ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY

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ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY
Teaching
ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY
Subject area
BIO/09
Degree course
COASTAL AND MARINE BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY
Course type
Laurea Magistrale
Credits
6.0
Teaching hours
Ore Attività frontale: 50.0
Academic year
2018/2019
Year taught
2019/2020
Course year
2
Language
INGLESE
Subject matter
PERCORSO COMUNE
Professor
LIONETTO Maria Giulia
Location
Lecce

Course description

basic knowledge of general physiology

The objective of the course is to provide students the basic knowledge of the environmental physiology (physiological responses to the variability of the environmental factors), and to gain a sound background in the physiological responses of animals to environmental pollutants and in their application in the ecotoxicological monitoring.

Lectures (5 CFU, 40h) and exercitations (1 CFU, 12 h)

oral examination

-Internal environment and external environment
-Physiological responses to environmental variability.
-Conformists and regulators
-Homeostasis
-Range of tolerance and resistance
-Adaptation and acclimatization
-Temperature limits for living organisms, adaptations to extreme temperatures
-Heat exchanges between the organism and the external environment
-Determinants of body heat
-Endothermic and ectothermic organisms
-Thermal homeostasis
-Water exchanges between the organism and the external environment
-Osmoregulation in aquatic environments.
-Osmoregulation in terrestrial environments
-Gas exchange between the organism and the environment
-Respiration in aquatic and terrestrial environments
- Homeostatic control of oxygen concentration
-Organisms and environmental chemical pollutants
-Absorption, distribution, metabolism, accumulation, and escretion of chemical pollutants
-Detoxification mechanisms
-Effect of pollutants on proteins and nucleic acids
-Oxidative stress and exposure to environmental chemical pollutants
-Endocrine disruptors
-Toxicity testing
-Biomarkers and their application in environmental biomonitoring

- P. Willmer, G. Stone, I. Johnston. Environmental Physiology of Animals. Blackwell Publishing

-W.C.H. Hopkin, S.P.Sibly, R.M. Peakall. Principles of Ecotoxicology. Taylor and Francis

Semester
Primo Semestre (dal 07/10/2019 al 24/01/2020)

Exam type
Obbligatorio

Type of assessment
Orale - Voto Finale

Course timetable
https://easyroom.unisalento.it/Orario

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