Description: We live in a microbial world, and the evolution of multicellular organisms has been intimately affected by microbes. Their influences range from mutualistic benefits to disease and represent a fundamental force that shapes plant and animal phenotypes and evolutionary trajectories. Recent advances in genomic methodologies have further increased our appreciation of the role of microbes in host health and fitness by unraveling the commonness of microbial communities in all organisms and their complex interactions with their hosts. This course will consider the broad range of host-microbe interactions and underlying mechanisms – from mutualism to pathogenesis, and from binary host-microbe interactions, to the microbiome.
Credit Restriction: Students will receive no credit for INTEGBI 43 after completing INTEGBI 118.