Course and Learning Objectives
CFR 522 Winter Quarter 2013
Seminar Class for graduate students and upper division undergraduates
Winter Quarter 2013
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.
Grading and Credit
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.
Weekly Topics: Wednesdays 10:30 - 11:20
Topics will be covered by faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students working on that field of research.Jan 9: Introduction to the course- Prof. Sharon Doty, UW
Jan 16: “Fungal endophytes for plant stress tolerance”- Dr. Rodriguez
Jan 23: “Poplar and willow endophytes: Required partners for life on the rocks?”- Prof. Doty
Jan 30: Bradyrhizobium and rice- Dr. Nathan Ahlgren, UW Microbiol. Dept.
Feb 6: Fungal endophytes for disease resistance- Dr. Busby, Univ. of Idaho
Feb 13: “Endophyte-assisted phytoremediation of pollutants”- Dr. Khan, UWFeb 20: "Powdery mildews, denizens of the phylloplane"- Prof. Dean Glawe, WSU Feb 27: “White pine blister rust interactions”- Dr. Anna Schoettle, Rocky Mtn Research Station & Colorado State University
Mar 6: Plant-microbe communications-Dr. Brook Peterson, UW Microbiology Dept.
Mar 13: “Mycorrhizal diversity in Pacific Northwest forests”-Dr. Erica Cline, UW Tacoma