autumn 2022
BIO-3005 Seminar: Molecular Environmental Biology in Microbes and Plants - 5 ECTS

Type of course

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

This is a seminar course which runs over multiple semesters. Students must remember to sign up for teaching all semesters and ONLY sign up for the exam the last (3. or 4.) semester.

The course is not available as a singular 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 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


  • 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


  • 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:

  • 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 and examination


Teaching methods

Seminar: 30 hours spread over up to 4 semesters.


Examination: Duration: Grade scale:
Oral exam 30 Minutes Passed / Not Passed

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Seminar attendance Approved – not approved
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More info about the coursework requirements

Students must attend and have an active participation in at least 18 seminars spread over 3 to 4 semesters. 

Re-sit examination

There will not be a re-sit exam.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: BIO-3005
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