Forest Plant Sociology

Course Information
TitleΔασική Φυτοκοινωνιολογία / Forest Plant Sociology
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
SchoolForestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID600019436

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Dasologías kai Fysikoý Perivállontos (2020-sīmera)

Registered students: 62
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Compulsory CoursesCompulsory Course423

Class Information
Academic Year2023 – 2024
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2021
Specific Foundation
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will understand the basic principles of phytosociology and the methodology of analysis and synthesis of vegetation at the level of plant associations/communities. comprehend the potential succession of vegetation, as well as methods of approach. comprehend and recognize in the field the forest vegetation zones and their subdivisions. understand the practical aspects of Forest Phytosociology.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Respect natural environment
Course Content (Syllabus)
Development of phytosociology and its importance as part of Geobotany. Tasks of phytosociology. Plant communities. Sample plots (selection, sampling time and iteration, shape and size of plots). Sampling vegetation plots (general principles, scaling the cover-abundance of plants, determining the vitality, the sociability, frequency of occurrence). Growth forms. Overview of potential vegetation division systems (division systems based on vegetation stand features , division based on features irrelevant to the present vegetation stands). Division of vegetation based on physiognomic criteria (formation, Synousie). Division of vegetation based on floristic criteria: division according to the predominant species (association, Gajander forest types), division according to groups of plants [tasks and purpose of processing tables, example of table processing, Braun-Blanquet phytosociological approach (division and nomenclature of vegetation units, characteristic species, differential species), geographically distinct vegetation units, division of vegetation based on phytosocial groups, similarity indices of vegetation plots], division of vegetation independent of statistically obtained groups of species [division by ecological groups, division by chorological groups, dynamic - genetic classification of vegetation (classification based on succession, classification based on the final climax association, classification based on evolutionary types)]. Forest vegetation zones in Greece and their classification. Thermomediterranean vegetation zone (Quercetalia ilicis), Paramediterranean vegetation zone (Quercetalia pubescentis), Zone of beech, beech-fir and mountainous paramediterranean coniferous forests (Fagetalia), Zone of psychrobious (cold resistant) conifers (Vaccinio - Piceetalia), Non-forested zone of high mountains (Astragalo - Acantholimonetalia). Synchorology (Vegetation mapping, Vegetation profile, geographical distribution of plant communities). Applications of phytosociology.
Forest phytosociology, vegetation unit, Forest vegetation of Greece, Geobotany, Braun-Blanquet method
Educational Material Types
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Laboratory Work130.4
Reading Assigment321.1
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities50.2
Student Assessment
Achievement of learning goals is evaluated through written exams on the content of all course lectures. A minimum grade of five (5) is required in the written exams so that the course is considered successfully passed. Written exams comprise multiple choice and short/extended answer questions.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
ΔΑΣΙΚΗ ΦΥΤΟΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΟΛΟΓΙΑ Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 8574 Συγγραφείς: ΑΘΑΝΑΣΙΑΔΗΣ ΝΙΚΟΛΑΟΣ Διαθέτης (Εκδότης): Σ. Γιαχούδης & ΣIA O.E. 1985
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