Sharon L Doty
Individual tutorial study of topics or courses under development to address the latest scientific developments in forest resources. Offered: AWSpS.
Plant Microbiology Lab.
Student learning goals
The students will gain hands-on skills in basic microbiology skills as well as some molecular microbiology.
The students will learn how to quantify the impacts of addition of endophytic symbiotic bacteria and fungi to corn and rice by measuring plant growth and health.
The students will learn how symbiosis can lead to reductions in the need for chemical fertilizers in agriculture and forestry.
General method of instruction
Hands-on lab activities guided by Prof. Doty and 2-3 graduate students
No prerequisites. Designed to be taken concurrently with SEFS522 plant microbiology seminar
Class assignments and grading
Evaluation and Grading: Participation in each lab class period is required. Grading will be based on three written lab write-ups after completion of each major experiment (20% each for 60% of total grade). Detailed lab notebooks outlining the experiment, purpose of the lab, materials and methods, and results is required along with pre-lab assignments. The lab notebooks with pre-lab assignments will be assessed throughout the quarter (40% of grade).
Lab notebook (completion) and lab reports written in the style of a scientific paper (background, materials and methods, results, and conclusions).