This course is not offered again until winter quarter of 2020.

Enrolled students: Please go to our class Canvas site for background reading and other course information.


Contact the course instructor: Sharon Doty


SEFS 522

Plant-Microbe Interactions

Seminar Class for graduate students and upper division undergraduates

Winter Quarter 2017

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 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 students in the Departments of Microbiology, Biology, and the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences who study plant-microbe interactions.

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 and attend at least 9 out of 10 of the seminars.

Weekly Topics: Wednesdays 10:30 - 11:20

Schedule 2017:

Jan 4: “N fixation in non-legumes:Implications for Agriculture & Bioenergy” - Prof. Doty
Jan 11: “Interactions between plant associated bacteria”- Dr. Brook Peterson
Jan 18: No class today (Doty away at a conference)
Jan 25:  "Epiphytic N2 Fixation in Mosses of the PNW and the Boreal Forest"- Amanda Bidwell
Feb 1: “Agrobacterium”- Prof. Emeritus Gene Nester
Feb 8: “Co-option of bacterial quorum sensing for interkingdom signaling”- Dr. Bruna Coutinho
Feb 15: “Forest Phytophthoras – From root nibblers to tree killers”- Dr. Marianne Elliot (WSU-Puyallup)
Feb 22: “Endophyte-assisted phytoremediation”- Robert Tournay
Mar 1: “Impacts of endophytes on the physiology of maize and rice”- Tony Rho
Mar 8: "Microbial Interactions inside the Olive Knot"- Dr. Daniel Passos da Silva



Seminars organized by Professor Sharon L. Doty

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