Winter 2017: Plant-Microbe Interaction Seminars

SEFS 522: Plant-Microbe Interaction Seminars
Wednesdays 10:30-11:20 in WFS 105

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. This course is graded (C/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 be prepared for class by completing weekly related readings.

Seminar Speaker Schedule

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: “Microbial Interactions inside the Olive Knot”- Dr. Daniel Passos da Silva

Mar 8: “Impacts of endophytes on the physiology of maize and rice”- Tony Rho
SEFS 522 syllabus2017_Ad.pdf


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