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Part IB Plant and Microbial Sciences


To ensure supplies of food, fibre, pharmaceuticals, fuel and other plant and microbe-derived products and to do so sustainably, requires a new generation of scientists who are able to integrate and apply knowledge ranging across multiple scales - from the molecular to the ecological. In our IB Plant and Microbial Sciences (PMS) course we focus on fundamental biological processes used by plants and microbes.

This basic biological knowledge will be required to rationally manipulate food and bioenergy crops. Importantly, the course also considers 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.

Our course provides 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 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.

Please note: The information in this section is correct as at March 2019 and is provided for the guidance of students when selecting their Part IB options.