551-0344-00L  Plant Microbiomes

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersJ. Vorholt-Zambelli
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 8.

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551-0344-00 PPlant Microbiomes
Permission from lecturers required for all students.
Block course in the 3rd quarter of the spring semester.
100s hrs
Tue12:45-16:30HCI G 443 »
Wed07:45-16:30HCI G 443 »
Thu07:45-16:30HCI G 443 »
Fri07:45-16:30HCI G 443 »
J. Vorholt-Zambelli

Catalogue data

AbstractLaboratory course. Research projects in the field of plant microbiomes are conducted in small groups. They address open questions related to plant microbiomes and include microbial community assembly, microbial interactions, plant protection and plant immunity.
ObjectiveIntroduction to relevant subjects of the biology of plant-associated microorganisms. Training in practical work in a research laboratory. Exposure to current research topics in the field of plant microbiomes. Scientific writing in form of a research report.
ContentResearch project in plant microbiomes. The techniques used will depend on the project, e.g. PCR, cloning, microbial community analysis via next-generation sequencing, plant inoculation experiments, phenotypic analyses, fluorescence microscopy, gene expression, metabolomics, bioinformatics
Lecture notesnone
LiteratureWill be provided for each of the projects at the beginning of the course.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersJ. Vorholt-Zambelli
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationGrades are based on a written exam, a scientific report and an oral presentation.

Learning materials

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GeneralPermission from lecturers required for all students

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Biology BachelorBlock Courses in 3rd Quarter of the SemesterWInformation