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Part IB Plant and Microbial Sciences


There is wide recognition that to ensure a sustainable supply of food and fuel in the future we will need to use plants and microbes in more informed ways. In the IB Plant and Microbial Sciences (PMS) course we focus on fundamental biological processes used by plants and microbes. However, this basic biological knowledge will be required to rationally manipulate food and bioenergy crops. We frame elements of the course to consider natural diversity and conservation of resources, particularly in the face of environmental challenges, including climate change. In summary, we provide a cutting-edge synopsis of plant and microbial science that has direct relevance to the future challenges that society faces.

This course aims to provide a truly integrated view of plant and microbial sciences that incorporates molecular, cellular and ecological approaches to this vital 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 that arise from studying plants and microbes in the field. The practicals and field course provide an integrated training to prepare you for future independent project work.

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.

Please note: The information in this section is correct as at March 2018 and is provided for the guidance of students when selecting their Part IB options.