spring 2017
BIO-8005 Seminar: Molecular Environmental Biology in Microbes and Plants - 5 ECTS

Sist endret: 24.03.2017

Application deadline

Application deadline is 1 December for Spring semester and 1 June for Autumn semester. Application code 9303 in Søknadsweb.

Registration for class and exam in Studentweb by 1 February for Spring semester and 1 September for Autumn semester.

Ph.d.-students at UiT The Arctic University of Norway go directly to Studentweb to register for class and exam. Others need to apply, and be graned admission prior to register for class and exam.

Type of course


Admission requirements

PhD students or holders of a Norwegian master´s degree of five years or 3+ 2 years (or equivalent) may be admitted. Valid documentation is a statement from your institution that you are a registered PhD student, or a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma. PhD students are exempt from semester fee.


PhD students at UiT register for the course through StudentWeb. The registration for spring semester starts in the middle of December, and for autumn semester in the middle of June.


Other applicants apply for admission through  SøknadsWeb.


Application code 9303


Contact Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen at the BFE-faculty if you have troubles or questions regarding registration to the course.

Course content

Subject of the seminar will be molecular biology approaches to analyse the interaction and communication of molecules, cell compartments, cells, microbial communities, microbes and photosynthetic organisms with their respective environments. Examples from ongoing research in the Microorganisms and Plants Research Group will provide the platform for the contributions. Topics include the communication within plant and bacterial cells, communication of cells and organisms with their environment and communication in microbial soil communities as well as plant/microbial and plant/plant associations. Techniques in focus are genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic and metabolomic analyses in plants, microbes and microbial communities.

Objectives of the course

Students that have completed Bio-8005:

  • can present their research results using state of the art media
  • are able to exercise constructive critisism in discussion fora
  • can explain scientific work (own or from literature) to fellow students and researchers
  • have learned to keep an overview over novel developments in their field

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Seminar: 40 hours; 10 hours per semester over four semesters. The seminar will be held regularly throughout each semester. It is obligatory for all PhD students within the Microorganisms and Plants group, and is open for other interested PhD students. A formal presentation of research results and a discussion group / journal club will be held at alternating dates.


BIO-8005 Seminar: Molecular Environmental Biology in Microbes and Plants has the same schedule as the master course BIO-3005.


Students must regularly attend the seminar and active participate in discussions. Obligatory work: 4 oral presentations of research results and current scientific literature. Grade: Pass/fail.


Recommended reading/syllabus

Students will be required to give an active contribution either as presentation of their own research results or as presentation of current relevant scientific literature (e.g. new methods) once per semester, so a total of 4 presentations. Students will furthermore be required to engage in discussions after other presentations.
  • Om emnet
  • Studiested: Tromsø |
  • Studiepoeng: 5
  • Emnekode: BIO-8005