PLSCI 4460

PLSCI 4460

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2021-2022.

How do plants respond to antagonists, such as herbivores and pathogens? What are the checks and balances that keep mutualist organisms in their tight interactions? How are symbioses organized on molecular, metabolic and ecological levels? What are the molecular, plant hormonal, and metabolic mechanisms mediating plant biotic interactions with other organisms? What ecological and evolutionary consequences do these interactions have for the fitness of the plants and their interactors? This course provides an overview of plants' myriad interactions with antagonists and mutualists, from microbes to multicellular organisms, and explains the underlying ecological and evolutionary concepts. It gives an introduction to the study of induced plant responses in the light of a behavioral biology framework.            

When Offered Spring.

  • Identify, explain, categorize and examine the ecological, physiological and molecular mechanisms of plant biotic interactions.
  • Discuss these mechanisms and interpret associated data analyses in the light of evolutionary theory and draw conclusions about potential agricultural applications.
  • Broadly apply and critically evaluate the four levels of proximate and ultimate causation for the study of biotic interactions in general.
  • Apply, categorize and integrate basic conceptual and analytical tools to describe complex behavioral interactions.
  • Discuss, contrast and design a number of experimental and synthetic approaches to analyzing and discovering chemical ecological processes including bioassays and chemical and molecular analyses.
  • Read, discuss, evaluate, and objectively criticize original studies in the field.
  • Provisioned with observations or a theoretical framework, students will be able to formulate scientific questions, derive hypotheses and design an appropriate experimental plan.

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: BIOEE 4460BIONB 4460

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 19212 PLSCI 4460   LEC 001

    • MWF Corson-Mudd A106
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Kessler, A

      Raguso, R

  • Instruction Mode: In Person