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Biological interactions, particularly with micro-organisms, impact on almost every aspect of biology, from plant nutrient uptake and photosynthesis to animal digestion to ecosystem function. We will explore the intimate interactions of micro-organisms (bacteria, oomycetes, fungi, archaea) with plants and animals, other micro-organisms and extreme environments. Students will develop skills in evaluating how molecular, ecological, biochemical and synthetic community approaches all contribute to our understanding of these critical, yet challenging to study, interactions. Students will apply their understanding to practical questions in using micro-organisms for biological control and primary productivity and to understanding gut microbiome.
Subject to approval of the Head of School. RP: At least one of BIOL313, BIOL332-335, BIOL352, BIOL455, BIOL460, and/or BCHM305.
At least one of BIOL313, BIOL332-335, BIOL352, BIOL455, BIOL460, and/or BCHM305.