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BI1354

Plant-microbe interactions

Course evaluation

Additional course evaluations for BI1354

Academic year 2021/2022

Plant-microbe interactions (BI1354-20037)

2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16

Academic year 2021/2022

Plant-microbe interactions (BI1354-M2037)

2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16

Academic year 2020/2021

Plant-microbe interactions (BI1354-20020)

2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Plant-microbe interactions (BI1354-20063)

2019-11-01 - 2020-01-19

Syllabus

BI1354 Plant-microbe interactions, 15.0 Credits

Växt-mikrobinteraktioner

Subjects

Biology

Education cycle

Master’s level

Modules

Title Credits Code
Single module 15.0 0101

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.

Language

English

Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 120 credits at basic level including

- 90 credits Biology or

- 30 credits Biology + 60 credits Forest Science including 15 credits Chemistry

- 30 credits Biology + 60 credits Horticultural Science including 15 credits Chemistry

- 30 credits Biology + 60 credits Agricultural Science including 15 credits Chemistry

and

- English 6

Objectives

Plants are in contact with a large number of microorganisms, some of which damage the plant while others are beneficial. The course deals with interactions between plants and microbes for both pathogenic and symbiotic interactions. Infection mechanisms, plant defence and ecological consequences are covered. The intention is to explain the mechanisms and interactions all the way down to the molecular level wherever that is possible.



After completing the course the students should be able to:

- comprehensively discuss interactions between plants and pathogenic fungi, bacteria and viruses as well as the defence reactions of the host plant (biotic stress)

- comprehensively discuss interactions between plants and non-pathogenic/symbiotic bacteria and fungi

- create hypotheses for why plants and microbes react in certain ways in pathogenic and symbiotic interactions

- demonstrate the ability independently to interpret scientific results to understand regulation and responses in plant-microbe interactions

- demonstrate the ability to use knowledge about plant-microbe interactions in the control of plant diseases and to stimulate plant growth

- demonstrate insight into the consequences, on population and ecosystem level, of compatible and incompatible interactions

Content

In the course, interactions between plants and microbes are discussed on general and detailed level for both pathogenic and symbiotic interactions. Infection mechanisms, defence of plants, stress responses and a large number of important problems within agriculture, horticulture and forestry are taken up. Examples are brought from ongoing research at SLU and are presented by the researchers themselves. Topics that are covered are:

- infection mechanisms; attachment; pathogen effectors; the role of toxins and other compounds; invasion of plant tissue; subversion of host cell biology

- establishment of symbiotic relations (mycorrhiza, rhizobium)

- interplay of plants with the microbiome and its effect on plant growth and health

- resistance mechanisms against attack by plant pathogens (including nematodes) and insects; gene-for-gene interactions; pathogen recognition; induced resistance; non-host resistance

- ecological consequences of resistance and susceptibility to pathogens and insect pests at population level

- commonalities and differences in defence responses to biotic and abiotic stimuli



The course consists of Lectures, Laboratory practicals (compulsory), Seminars (compulsory), Project work (compulsory), Exercises, Self studies, Examination and evaluation.

Formats and requirements for examination

The course contains compulsory parts (laboratory practicals, seminars, project work)



Approved written and oral exams, active participation in compulsory seminars and exercises, oral and written presentations of project work.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The course is given in the faculty common master’s programme Plant Biology for Sustainable Production.

Responsible department

Department of Plant Biology

Cooperating departments:

Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Biology field: Botanik (växtbiologi)

Grading criteria

There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1354 Application code: SLU-20184 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Plant Biology Pace: 100%