2017-2018 Catalog

BIO 350 Microbial Symbiosis

Symbioses are intimate associations involving two or more species. Symbiotic associations are widespread in nature and we can expect to find them in every type of ecological niche. This course will cover the diversity of symbiotic interactions that exist between both microbes and fungi and various eukaryotic hosts, including plants, animals, and protists, as well as other microorganisms. Topics in both lecture and lab will range from molecular to ecological, including the specific molecular communication between partners, the evolution of unusual host structures, novel physiological and biochemical capabilities, and the unique ecological advantages that many symbioses confer. This course will also include writing, presenting, and reviewing published work on various symbioses.


4 units


BIO 130 and BIO 105, BIO 106, BIO 110, or BIO 115; or permission of instructor


BIO 350L

Core Requirements Met

  • Laboratory Science