Feb 6, 2014: Example student papers from last year have been posted on our ShareSpaces site. Background reading for the next seminar is also posted there.

Prof. Doty will be at a USDA/NIFA meeting in Florida during the first week of class.

Please go to our class ShareSpaces site for background reading and other course information.


Contact the course instructor: Sharon Doty


CFR 522

Plant-Microbe Interactions

Seminar Class for graduate students and upper division undergraduates

Winter Quarter 2014

Course and Learning Objectives

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 (CR/NC) 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 research scientists. Dr. Doty will be away at a conference on Jan 8 (no class) 

Jan 15: “N fixation in non-legumes- Implications for Agriculture and Bioenergy” - Prof. Doty (UW)

Jan 22:Fungal endophytes for pathogen resistance- Dr. Posy Busby (U. Idaho)

Jan 29: Phytophthora- Prof. Marianne Elliot (WSU)

Feb 5: "Interactions between plant-associated microbes"-Dr. Brook Peterson

Feb 12: : "Orphan LuxR Regulators in Plant-Associated Proteobacteria"- Dr. Amy Schaefer

Feb 19: Non-legume invasive N-fixing grass & the role of the microbiome in invasive plant trait expression- Dr. Marnie Rout (University of North Texas Health Science Center)

Feb 26: Mycorrhizal diversity in PNW forests- Prof. Erica Cline (UW-Tacoma)

Mar 5: “Fungal endophytes for plant stress tolerance”- Dr. Rodriguez

Mar 12: Endophyte-assisted phytoremediation- Dr. Zareen Khan


Seminars organized by Associate Professor Sharon L. Doty

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