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Part IB Plant and Microbial Sciences


This course aims to provide a truly integrated view of Plant and Microbial Sciences which incorporates the molecular, cellular and ecological approaches to the subject. Under each topic the lectures address both our current understanding of the relevant processes at the cellular and molecular levels and explore their relevance to the major issues and ideas to arise from studying plants and microbes in the field. Practicals provide an integrated training to prepare you for future independent project work.

In the Michaelmas Term, plants in their physical environment are considered. In the Lent Term plants and microbes in their biotic environment are studied, and in Easter Term we look at plant ecosystems. The study of Plant and Microbial Sciences is essential if we are to find solutions to current problems for the biosphere and its use, including sustainable agriculture, biotechnology, renewable energy resources and nutrition, conservation, and pollution.

Online resources are provided through the Moodle Site. You will automatically be subscribed to this site as part of the NST subject choice procedures but if you join the course after the start of term, send an email to requesting that you are added to the course. You will need to use your Raven ID and password to log onto Moodle, which you will also be able to access during the vacation.