Biology 355 - Microbial Ecology
I look forward to sharing this fascinating topic with you over the next semester. In the meantime, here is some helpful background.
We will meet MWF from 1:00 - 1:50 PM in Hudson 209. Please refer to the course calendar for weekly topics.
We will have a weekly quiz on Mondays (except for exam days) worth 10 points, generally asking 2 questions pertaining to material discussed in class the week before. Quizzes cannot be made up. Your best 10 quiz grades will be counted.
We will have 3 in-class exams (see calendar), each on a Monday. Exams cover topics discussed during the previous 4-5 weeks. Exams are 100 points each and include short-answer, multiple choice and case study questions.
You will also submit a term paper worth 100 points at the end of the semester. Papers should be 3000 words in length and cover a topic related to Microbial Ecology.
Book chapters are assigned as according to the class calendar. Please read each chapter before Monday's class. Additional reading assignments will be posted for each week, to be discussed in class.
I. The nature of microorganisms
A. Diversity of microbes
B. Microbial structure
C. Microbial metabolism and its effects
II. Methods of studying microbial ecology
A. Identification of microbes
1. Culture methods
3. Genomics, proteomics, metabolomics
B. Measures of abundance and diversity
III. Interactions between microbes and other organisms
A. Types of interactions between microbes
B. Microbe-plant interactions
2. Root nodules
3. Hormone production
4. Surface biomes
5. Parasites and pathogens
C. Microbe-animal interactions
3. Mutualistic associations
(1) Gut microbes
(2) Tube worm symbioses
IV. Community structure and interactions
A. Types and composition of communities
(1) Fresh water
B. Measuring community structure
C. Quorum sensing and communication
D. Biofilms and biomats
V. Microbes and Geochemical cycling
A. Nitrogen cycle
B. Sulfur cycle
C. Metal cycling
D. Carbon cycle
VI. Biomineralization and decomposition
A. Ores, silicates, metal deposits
B. Wood and cellulose
C. Bionutrients & fermentation
D. Waste water treatment
B. XenobioticsC. Inorganics
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