Courses of Study 2022-2023 
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Courses of Study 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ENTOM 3630 - [Bugs in Bugs: The World of Pathogens, Parasites and Symbionts]

Spring. Not offered: 2022-2023. Next offered: 2023-2024. 3 credits. Student option grading.

Prerequisite: general biology. Offered alternate years.

A.E. Hajek.

This course focuses on the fascinating and diverse associations between microorganisms and invertebrates that make it possible for invertebrates to damage crops, feed on wood, and eat blood, as well as vector pathogens of animals and plants. In addition, microorganisms can act as parasites/pathogens; we protect against some of these, like microbes causing bee diseases, while others are used for environmentally safe control of pests. We will discuss insect/microbe biology, ecology and evolution across the diversity of these interactions. Some lectures will provide demonstrations so that students can view and work with microbes and parasitoids and invertebrate hosts. Lecture periods will also include some on-campus field trips.

Outcome 1: Learn the basic concepts about and general characteristics of different types of microbial pathogens, vectored microbes and symbionts associated with invertebrates.

Outcome 2: Improve ability to work collaboratively yet evaluate data independently.

Outcome 3: Improve ability to articulate, investigate and write about host/microbe interactions.

Outcome 4: Gain hands’ on experience identifying, manipulating and studying infectious invertebrate pathogens during demonstration laboratories.

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