Second Semester - 18 points
The ecology and functional diversity of microorganisms in natural ecosystems and the use of microorganisms in bioremediation, biocontrol, and industrial processes.
MICR 222 is a 32-lecture course, lectures will cover the following areas:
1. Molecules, origins of life and evolution
2. Microbial diversity: What drives it and how can we measure it
3. Bacterial species concept
4. Bacterial physiology and microbial ecology
5. Microbial community genetics, metabolic potential and how can we study them
6. Development of microbial communities
7. Microbial-Animal interactions
8. Oceans: marine microbes as mediators of global cycles
9. A living bioreacter - the symbiotic rumen microbiome
10. More than just dirt - how soils and microbes sustain the Earth's biosphere
11. The freshwater environment
12. The marine environment
13. Waterborne pathogens
14. Providing a safe drinking water supply
15. Measuring water quality
16. Microbial life in biofilms
17. Microbes and biofouling
18. Microbes to clean the environment
19. Microbial design for bioremediation
20. Microbes as biocontrol and biological warfare
21. Microbes to produce recombinant proteins
22. Antibiotics produced by bacteria
23. Microbes in food and industrial microbiology
25. The plant-microbiome and its effects on plant growth - biological control in the rhizosphere
26. The plant-microbiome and its effects on plant growth - the phyllosphere and ice-nucleating bacteria
27. The rhizobium-legume symbiosis: Nodulation
28. The rhizobium-legume symbiosis: Nitrogen fixation
30. Plant-pathogen interactions: innate immunity
31. Plant-pathogen interactions: gene-for-gene resistance
32. Agrobacterium - nature's genetic engineer
The MICR 222 laboratory course has been designed to complement the lecture course. In the 7 labs you will:
Attendance at all 7 laboratory sessions is compulsory
CELS 191 & CHEM 191 & 72 further points
Prescott's Microbiology by Willey, Sandman and Wood, 11th edition, 2020, McGraw-Hill Publishers.
This textbook is available in the library, both as a printed copy Close Reserve and as an eBook.
Students are encouraged to contact staff by email to make arrangements for a time to discuss course-related matters.
For more information on this course, please contact Dr Judith Bateup.