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Living in a Microbial World

Module titleLiving in a Microbial World
Module codeBIOM061
Academic year2021/2
Credits15
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Module description

To a first approximation, life on Earth is microbial, and the transformation of Earth from a barren ball of rock to the oxygen-rich environment that supports us is a direct result of microbial metabolism. Even the human body contains more microbial than human cells. From global biogeochemical cycles to the interactions between individual organisms and their retinue of beneficial and detrimental microorganisms, understanding microbial ecology – the interactions between microbes and their environment – is key to understanding the functioning of Planet Earth. We will study carbon and nutrient cycling in the oceans, how terrestrial ecosystems are formed and controlled by microbes, the impact of plant-microbe interactions on forests and food production, and the applications of microbial biotechnology.

Pre-lecture content will be delivered online and followed with interactive student-staff sessions, where we will improve your core academic skills: how to analyse and present data; how write an excellent essay; how to deal with Big Data; how to make science accessible for a general audience; and how to give an interesting talk – all while learning about the roles that microbes play in natural and managed ecosystems. 

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        Credit value15