Sharon L Doty
Discusses current research related to forest tree-microbe interactions. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: W, odd years.
The students will learn about the current research in plant-microbe interactions. Microbes are often essential for plant growth, providing fixed nitrogen, pathogen resistance, and increased tolerance to stress. Other microbes can cause plant diseases. The students will learn about this important field of research from those currently doing the research.
The educational goals of this course are to increase awareness of the variety of symbiotic relationships between plants and microbes. Another goal of the course is to encourage interaction between graduate students in the Departments of Microbiology, Biology, and the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.
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Class assignments and grading
This course is graded based on a short paper about a specific aspect of plant-microbe interactions (topic chosen by the student and approved by Dr. Doty). In addition, students will be expected to participate in the seminar discussions and be prepared for class by completing weekly related readings.