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spring 2020

BIO-3005 Seminar: Molecular Environmental Biology in Microbes and Plants - 5 ECTS

Sist endret: 28.02.2020

The course is provided by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics


Tromsø |

Type of course

Master course for biology students - principally aimed at MSc-students specializing in Molecular Environmental Biology.

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 Molecular Environments 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 who have completed this course:

  • know limitations and opportunities of research questions based on current projects at UiT
  • have a good understanding of the applicability of molecular techniques
  • have an overview over novel developments in their field as well as adjacent research areas

Students who have completed this course can:

  • can present their research results using state of the art media
  • are able to exercise constructive criticism in discussion fora
  • can explain scientific work (own or from literature) to fellow students and researchers

General competence;
Students who have completed this course can

  • can explain scientific work (own or from literature) to fellow students and researchers
  • convey the essence of their project to others
  • engage in critical discussions with their fellow students

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Seminar: 30 hours spread over up to 4 semesters


Students must regularly attend the biweekly seminar, and have an active participation in discussions. At least one oral presentation of research results during the course. Grade type: pass / fail.

Students must sign up for the course for a minimum of 3 semesters and ONLY sign up for the exam in their final semester.

Re-sit exam
There will not be a re-sit exam.



Kristin Herstrøm

Telefon: +4777644740 kristin.herstrom@uit.no


Kirsten Krause

Telefon: +4777646415 kirsten.krause@uit.no


Camilla Andreassen

Student Advisor
Telefon: +4777623206 camilla.andreassen@uit.no