PLSCS 4660

PLSCS 4660

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021.

Discover the wonder of life underground. In this course, students study the amazing diversity of soil organisms along with their multifaceted functions in terrestrial ecosystems. The fundamental principles and features of biologically mediated processes in the soil and the functions of soil biota in both managed and unmanaged ecosystems are highlighted. Special topics include beneficial symbioses, biological control of plant pathogens, biogeochemistry of unique habitats, bioremediation and composting of organic wastes, among others. Laboratory focuses on molecular activities and traditional methods for assessing the abundance, activity, and diversity of soil organisms.

When Offered Spring.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: one year of biology or ecology. PLSCS 2600 is desirable or permission of instructor.

Course Attribute (CU-SBY)

Outcomes
  • Access, understand and apply concepts in ecology, microbiology, biology and biochemistry as they relate to the study of soil sub-systems.
  • Understand how the soil biota and their activities contribute to global biogeochemistry, plant productivity and environmental quality.
  • Manage the world's soils to enhance ecosystem services provided by the soil biota.
  • Understand and evaluate research articles and research methods.
  • Identify research questions, apply appropriate methods, gather and analyze data, and prepare research reports.

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one laboratory. Combined with: PLSCS 4660

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  2670PLSCS 4660  LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Prerequisite: one year of biology or ecology and PLSCS 2600 or permission of instructor.
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.

  •  2671PLSCS 4660  LAB 401

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Enrollment preference given to Soil Science minors. Contact Dr. Thies (jet25) for code to enroll.
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: PLSCS 4660

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18809PLSCS 4660  LEC 002

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Prerequisite: one year of biology or ecology and PLSCS 2600 or permission of instructor.
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18808PLSCS 4660  LEC 003

    • TROnline Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Thies, J

  • Instruction Mode: Online

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one laboratory. Combined with: PLSCS 4660

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 20729PLSCS 4660  LEC 004

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Prerequisite: one year of biology or ecology and PLSCS 2600 or permission of instructor.
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.

  • 20730PLSCS 4660  LAB 402

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.