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Fall 2024
Jun 17, 2024
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AGRY 58000 - Soil And Rhizosphere Microbiology
Credit Hours: 3.00.  Soils are complex ecosystems that host a diverse array of organisms, which interact with and respond to their environment. This course explores the ecology, evolution, and functions of soil microbes, with a particular focus on their interactions with plants. Through this course, students will gain an understanding of the metabolic processes and life-history strategies of archaea, bacteria, fungi, and viruses in soil, root, and rhizosphere compartments. Students will also survey the microbiomes of diverse soil ecosystems, such as forests, agroecosystems, and grasslands, and learn principles of soil microbiology and biogeochemistry. In addition, students will acquire practical knowledge about the methods used for characterizing microbes in soil and plant systems.  
3.000 Credit hours

Syllabus Available
Levels: Undergraduate, Graduate, Professional
Schedule Types: Lecture

Offered By: College of Agriculture
Department: Agronomy

Course Attributes:
Upper Division

May be offered at any of the following campuses:     
      West Lafayette

Learning Outcomes: 1.  Demonstrate understanding of the ecology and physiology of major groups of bacteria, archaea, fungi, and viruses found in soils, the rhizosphere, and roots. 2.  Compare and contrast soil and rhizosphere microbiomes, and their differences between the managed versus natural ecosystems. 3.  Use verbal and basic mathematical descriptions to explain theories related to microbial growth, survival, and symbioses. 4.  Predict the occurrence of microbial processes and soil conditions that govern the cycling of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur, and metals in soils and relate this knowledge to ecosystem functions. 5.  Envision potential applications for soil and root-borne microbes in natural resource management, such as agriculture, forestry, and soil conservation.  6.  Apply knowledge of plant-microbe interactions to develop hypotheses, design experiments, and select appropriate study methods.  7.  Recognize and select appropriate resources and tools to effectively analyze microbiome data.


Restrictions:
May not be enrolled as the following Classifications:     
      Sophomore: 45 - 59 hours
      Sophomore: 30 - 44 hours
      Freshman: 0 - 14 hours
      Freshman: 15 - 29 hours

Prerequisites:
GR-AGRY 58000 Requisites

General Requirements:

Student Attribute: GR
May not be taken concurrently.  )
or
Course or Test: BIOL 22100
Minimum Grade of D-
May not be taken concurrently.
and
Rule: 1.: AGRY 25500 or NRES 25500 for a total of 1 conditions )
AGRY 25500
Minimum Grade of D-
May not be taken concurrently. NRES 25500
Minimum Grade of D-
May not be taken concurrently. End of rule 1.

and
Rule: 2.: BCHM 30700 or CHM 33300 for a total of 1 conditions BCHM 30700
May not be taken concurrently. CHM 33300
May not be taken concurrently. End of rule 2.


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