Microbes in the Environment (MICR2024)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit introduces the diversity of microbes found in soil, water, air, plants and animal environments. Through an examination of their physiology and genetics it explores their interactions with plants, animals and each other, and their roles as decomposers and recyclers in the environment. The soil is a rich microbial environment, and the concept of soil health and its relationship to plant growth is discussed. Practical classes introduce techniques and skills in isolating, quantifying and culturing microbes, designing and interpreting experiments to study microbial growth, and in preparing and presenting data.

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Classes

(2 lec, 3h prac)/wk

Assessment

1 x 2hr exam (60%), 4 x quizzes (15%), lab skills assessment (5%) and 1 x lab project report (20%)

Textbooks

Willey et al. 2007. Prescott/Harley/Klein's Microbiology 8th ed. McGraw-Hill

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 credit points of first year Biology

Prohibitions

MICR2901, MICR2909, MICR2007, MICR2011, MICR2003, MICR2021, MICR2001, MICR2921

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