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BIO3318 Plant Microbe Interactions

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agriculture and Environmental Science
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 23 May 2022


Pre-requisite: BIO1101 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BATM or BENV or GCSC or GDSI or MSCN


Plant-microbe interactions are a central feature of the life of plants and range from advantageous symbiotic associations through to pathogenic disease states. An understanding of these interactions is essential for both commercial plant production and native vegetation management. This course examines the defining features of the most critical associations and highlights their dynamic nature.

The principal groups of micro-organisms which interact with plants are surveyed, particularly the fungi. Symbiotic interactions (notably those with nitrogen fixing bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi), the role of endophytes and the significance of the rhizosphere are described. A major emphasis is placed on the nature of plant pathogenesis, the disease cycle and the genetics and physiology of plant disease resistance.

This course contains a highly recommended residential school for both external and on-campus students (non-attendance will mean the student misses both an element for assessment preparation and an element of assessment).

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 External
Semester 2, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Date printed 23 May 2022