Plant and Microbial Biology

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology consists of the Division of Plant Biology and the Division of Microbial Biology. Programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels have been designed to offer students maximum flexibility in defining their own areas of interest. In addition to departmental resources that are available in Koshland Hall, the facilities of the College of Natural Resources Biological Imaging Facility and the United States Department of Agriculture Plant Gene Expression Center are available for the programs of the department.

The Division of Plant Biology

The Division of Plant Biology program emphasizes basic research and its application to plants and promotes the design of plant biotechnologies. With an increasing awareness of environmental problems, global changes, and emerging food needs, plants are a focal point for new research initiatives and educational training programs. Understanding the biology of plants, their development, their responses to the environment, and the impact of human activities on the plant biosphere are many of the challenges that will continue to fuel the expansion of plant biology research well into the twenty-first century.

The Division of Microbial Biology

The Division of Microbial Biology was established within the department to provide a focus for microbial biology at UC Berkeley. There is a growing awareness that microbes and microbial activities are essential to maintaining a high quality of life for all eukaryotes. Moreover, understanding the microbial world is necessary if we are to comprehend the global ecosystem, evolutionary history, and diversity of life on earth. The twenty-first century will bring a new understanding of the workings of the global ecosystem and a wealth of new technologies derived from the microbial world. The new microbial biology research programs are designed to meet this challenge.

Undergraduate Programs

Genetics and Plant Biology: BS
Microbial Biology: BS

Graduate Programs

Microbiology: PhD
Plant Biology: PhD

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Courses

Plant and Microbial Biology

PLANTBI 10 Plants, Agriculture, and Society 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Changing patterns of agriculture in relation to population growth, the biology and social impact of plant disease, genetic engineering of plants: a thousand years of crop improvement and modern biotechnology, interactions between plants and the environment, and effects of human industrial and agricultural activity on plant ecosystems. Knowledge of the physical sciences is neither required nor assumed.

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PLANTBI 11 Fungi, History, and Society 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Fungi have interacted with humans in both positive and negative ways throughout history. These interactions have included production of foods, medicines, fuels, plant and animal diseases, decay, allergies, and mind-altering drugs.

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PLANTBI 20 Introduction to the Plant Sciences at Berkeley 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
This course will include discussions on the academic path (courses) needed for the Genetics and Plant Biology major; an introduction to resources and facilities for studies of the plant sciences at Berkeley, such as the University Herbarium and the Botanical Garden; an exploration of plant science related careers, including presentations from guest speakers who work in organic farming, government, and Cooperative Extension; talks by faculty about
their current research, and information about how to do research in a lab.
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PLANTBI 22 Microbes Make the World Go Around 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
Although often unseen, microbes are everywhere! This course covers the role that microbes, including archaea, bacteria, protists and fungi, play in terrestrial, marine and extreme environments and their effect on the geochemistry of the earth. In addition, we will explore the profound effects of microbes on human and plant health and how microbes have changed the course of human history.

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PLANTBI 24 Freshman Seminar 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Reading and discussion with Plant and Microbial Biology faculty on current research and topics in plant and microbial biology. Topics which may be discussed include microbial biology, plant genetics, plant development, plant pathology, agricultural biotechnology, and genetic engineering. Ideal for students who are considering a major in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology. Enrollment is limited to 20 freshmen.

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PLANTBI 39E Freshman/Sophomore Seminar 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012
Freshman and sophomore seminars offer lower division students the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member and a group of peers in a small-seminar setting. These seminars are offered in all campus departments; topics vary from department to department and from semester to semester. Enrollment limits are set by the faculty, but the suggested limit is 25.

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PLANTBI 40 The (Secret) Life of Plants 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Covers contemporary topics in plant biology. Examines how plants grow, reproduce, and respond to the environment (e.g., to light) in ways distinct from animals. Presents basic principles of genetics, cell, and molecular biology. Basics of genetic engineering and biotechnology reveal how they are used to modify plants, and these socially relevant issues are assessed. Includes visit to modern plant biology research laboratory, and aspects of
plant disease and diversity. Knowledge of the physical sciences neither required nor assumed.
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PLANTBI 84 Sophomore Seminar 1 or 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2011, Spring 2010, Spring 2009
Sophomore seminars are small interactive courses offered by faculty members in departments all across the campus. Sophomore seminars offer opportunity for close, regular intellectual contact between faculty members and students in the crucial second year. The topics vary from department to department and semester to semester. Enrollment limited to 15 sophomores.

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PLANTBI C96 Studying the Biological Sciences 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Freshmen will be introduced to the "culture" of the biological sciences, along with an in-depth orientation to the academic life and the culture of the university as they relate to majoring in biology. Students will learn concepts, skills, and information that they can use in their major course, and as future science professionals. Restricted to freshmen in the biology scholars program.

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PLANTBI 98 Directed Group Study 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014
Lectures and small group discussions focusing on topics of interest, varying from semester to semester.

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PLANTBI 99 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Lower division independent study and research intended for the academically superior student. Enrollment only with prior approval of faculty advisor directing the research.

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PLANTBI 101L Experimental Plant Biology Laboratory 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Students will perform state-of-the-art research to address an important question in modern plant biology. The experimental progression exposes students to a variety of modern molecular approaches and techniques. Experimental design, data acquisition, and analysis of the student's real experimental data is emphasized. Research results will be presented in written and oral formats similar to those used in research laboratories.

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PLANTBI C103 Bacterial Pathogenesis 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
This course for upper division and graduate students will explore the molecular and cellular basis of microbial pathogenesis. The course will focus on model microbial systems which illustrate mechanisms of pathogenesis. Most of the emphasis will be on bacterial pathogens of mammals, but there will be some discussion of viral and protozoan pathogens. There will be an emphasis on experimental approaches. The course will also include
some aspects of bacterial genetics and physiology, immune response to infection, and the cell biology of host-parasite interactions.
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PLANTBI 104L Discovery-Based Research in Microbiology 2 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2010 10 Week Session, Summer 2008 10 Week Session, Summer 2006 10 Week Session
An introduction to microbiology research in which students generate gene knockouts in Caulobacter and analyze the mutant phenotypes. Each student will disrupt one gene of known function and one gene of unknown function. Students will attend lectures focusing on the techniques to be employed and perform experiments under supervision. This course may be taken by students with no prior laboratory
experience to expose them to discovery-oriented research.
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PLANTBI C107L Principles of Plant Morphology with Laboratory 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
An analysis of the structural diversity of land plants plants with emphasis on the developmental mechanisms responsible for this variation in morphology and the significance of this diversity in relation to adaptation and evolution.

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PLANTBI C109 Evolution and Ecology of Development 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016
From the seahorse’s body to the venus flytrap’s jaws to the human brain, nature abounds with amazing adaptations. This interdisciplinary course explores how and why such biodiversity evolves as well as what limits diversity. Lectures and case studies will focus on core concepts, recent advances, and integrative approaches, placing special emphasis on the interplay between gene regulatory networks, the environment, and population genetics.

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PLANTBI C110L Biology of Fungi with Laboratory 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2014
Selected aspects of fungi: their structure, reproduction, physiology, ecology, genetics and evolution; their role in plant disease, human welfare, and industry. Offered even fall semesters.

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PLANTBI C112 General Microbiology 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Fall 2016
This course will explore the molecular bases for physiological and biochemical diversity among members of the two major domains, Bacteria and Archaea. The ecological significance and evolutionary origins of this diversity will be discussed. Molecular, genetic, and structure-function analyses of microbial cell cycles, adaptive responses, metabolic capability, and macromolecular syntheses will be emphasized.

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PLANTBI C112L General Microbiology Laboratory 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Spring 2017
Experimental techniques of microbiology designed to accompany the lecture in C112 and C148. The primary emphasis in the laboratory will be on the cultivation and physiological and genetic characterization of bacteria. Laboratory exercises will include the observation, enrichment, and isolation of bacteria from selected environments.

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PLANTBI 113 California Mushrooms 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2013
This is a hands-on class in identification of macro fungi. Emphasis will be on laboratory work with fresh and dried fungi. Short lectures at the beginning of labs focus on mushroom systematic, collection techniques, and identification. Three weekend field trips are required in addition to the weekly laboratory. Previous course experience with fungi is recommended, but not required. Grades are based on tests and a collection.

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PLANTBI C114 Introduction to Comparative Virology 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course will provide a comparative overview of virus life cycles and strategies viruses use to infect and replicate in hosts. We will discuss virus structure and classification and the molecular basis of viral reproduction, evolution, assembly, and virus-host interactions. Common features used during virus replication and host cellular responses to infection will be covered. Topics also included are common and emerging virus diseases
, their control, and factors affecting their spread.
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PLANTBI C116 Microbial Diversity 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course for upper-division and graduate students will broadly survey myriad types of microbial organisms, both procaryote and eucaryote, using a phylogenetic framework to organize the concept of "biodiversity." Emphasis will be on the evolutionary development of the many biochemical themes, how they mold our biosphere, and the organisms that affect the global biochemistry. Molecular mechanisms that occur in different lineages will
be compared and contrasted to illustrate fundamental biological strategies. Graduate students additionally should enroll in C216, Microbial Diversity Workshop.
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PLANTBI 120 Biology of Algae 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2014, Spring 2012
General biology of freshwater and marine algae, highlighting current research and integrating phylogeny, ecology, physiology, genetics, and molecular biology.

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PLANTBI 120L Laboratory for Biology of Algae 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2014, Spring 2011
Laboratories include study of representative types, identification of specimens collected during several field trips, and experiments on development, physiology, and molecular genetics.

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PLANTBI 122 Bioenergy 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Offers an assessment of global energy supply and demand, addresses the chemistry of climate change, examines the response of plants and microbes to changes in the environment, and emphasizes the role of biology and photosynthesis in offering solutions to related energy and societal problems. Bioenergy is examined from the point-of-view of potential biofuels, including aspects of the biological generation of hydrogen, hydrocarbons, fatty acids
, lipids, and bio-oils, polymers and related materials.
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PLANTBI C124 The Berkeley Lectures on Energy: Energy from Biomass 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
After an introduction to the different aspects of our global energy consumption, the course will focus on the role of biomass. The course will illustrate how the global scale of energy guides the biomass research. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of the biological aspects (crop selection, harvesting, storage and distribution, and chemical composition of biomass) with the chemical aspects to convert biomass to energy. The course aims to
engage students in state-of-the-art research.
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PLANTBI C134 Chromosome Biology/Cytogenetics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Survey of behavior, structure, and function of chromosomes with emphasis on behavior in model organisms. Topics include mitosis, meiosis, chromosome aberrations, genome function, dosage compensation, transposons, repetitive DNA, and modern cytological imaging.

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PLANTBI 135 Physiology and Biochemistry of Plants 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
A study of physiological and biochemical processes in higher plants, including water relations, ion transport, and hormone physiology; photosynthesis (light utilization and carbon assimilation), nitrogen and sulfur metabolism, and plant-specific biosynthetic pathways.

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PLANTBI C148 Microbial Genomics and Genetics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Course emphasizes bacterial and archaeal genetics and comparative genomics. Genetics and genomic methods used to dissect metabolic and development processes in bacteria, archaea, and selected microbial eukaryotes. Genetic mechanisms integrated with genomic information to address integration and diversity of microbial processes. Introduction to the use of computational tools for a comparative analysis of microbial genomes and determining relationships
among bacteria, archaea, and microbial eukaryotes.
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PLANTBI 150 Plant Cell Biology 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
An introduction to the structure, dynamics, and function of plant cells: organelle structure and development; intracellular trafficking of small and macromolecules; cellular signaling; cell division and specialization.

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PLANTBI 160 Plant Molecular Genetics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
A consideration of plant genetics and molecular biology. Topics include principles of genomics and gene functional analysis; regulation of gene expression in response to environmental and developmental stimuli; intercellular and intracellular signaling pathways; and the molecular and genetic basis for the exceptional cellular and developmental strategies adopted by plants.

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PLANTBI 165 Plant-Microbe Interactions 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course will cover topics in molecular plant-microbe interactions ranging from how microbes cause disease to how plants defend themselves. A second goal of the course is to engage students in state-of-the-art research in the area of plant-microbe interactions.

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PLANTBI 170 Modern Applications of Plant Biotechnology 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2010
This course is designed to introduce students to the principles and applications of modern plant biotechnology. Basic concepts of modern agriculture will be reviewed in light of emerging biotechnology applications. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the tools and strategies involved in optimizing plant productivity.

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PLANTBI 180 Environmental Plant Biology 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2013
An integrated and multidisciplinary approach to the study of interactions between plants and the environment. Introduces physical parameters in the global and micro-environment that affect plant function; and molecular, cellular, and developmental aspects of plant response to suboptimal/adverse conditions. Underlying biochemistry, physiology, and molecular biology of plant adaptation and acclimation mechanisms. Examines consequences of industrial
activity on plant growth and productivity.
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PLANTBI 185 Techniques in Light Microscopy 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015

The course will be a detailed overview of the practice of light microscopy as applied to scientific investigation. The emphasis of the course will be on the correct and appropriate use of the light microscope for biological scientists; however students of other disciplines are welcome. The course will cover optical microscope theory, microscope components and mechanics, and optical techniques including detailed descriptions, demonstrations
, and use of all the modern light microscope contrast methods. Students will receive hands-on experience in all microscope and digital imaging techniques via direct instruction and use of instrumentation in the College of Natural Resources Biological Imaging Facility.

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PLANTBI 190 Special Topics in Plant and Microbial Biology 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2014 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2012, Spring 2011
This class is designed to develop skills in critical analysis of specific plant and/or microbial biology issues. Topics may vary from semester to semester.

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PLANTBI C192 Molecular Approaches to Environmental Problem Solving 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Seminar in which students consider how modern biotechnological approaches, including recombinant DNA methods, can be used to recognize and solve problems in the area of conservation, habitat and endangered species preservation, agriculture and environmental pollution. Students will also develop and present case studies of environmental problems solving using modern molecular methods.

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PLANTBI H196 Honors Research - Plant and Microbial Biology 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Supervised independent honors research specific to aspects of the plant and microbial biology major, followed by an oral presentation and a written report. Honors students must complete two semesters of research.

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PLANTBI 198 Directed Group Studies in Plant Biology 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014
Group studies of selected topics.

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PLANTBI 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Enrollment restrictions apply; see the Introduction to Courses and Curricula section of this catalog.

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PLANTBI 200A Plant Developmental Genetics 1.5 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The students will be provided with both the basic framework and current topics of plant developmental genetics.

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PLANTBI 200B Genomics and Computational Biology 1.5 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Principles of computational and genomic biology. Covers evolutionary, algorithmic, and statistical foundations of sequence analysis, allowing students to understand concepts underlying modern computational methods. Practical applications wil be pursued in student-coordinated sessions. Combined lecture with 220B.

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PLANTBI 200C Plant Diversity and Evolution 1.5 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course will introduce the students to the diversity of plant form and function and provide them with a basic understanding of the tools and techniques used to study plant diversification and evolution. Molecular and morphological data will be discussed and plant diversity will be introduced at molecular, population, organismal, and ecological levels.

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PLANTBI 200D Plant Cell Biology 1.5 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The course will describe the conceptual framework of plant cell biology followed by in-depth discussion of several active areas of research including cell wall biology, membrane transport, cellular trafficking, and cell signaling.

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PLANTBI 200E Plant Biochemistry 1.5 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The aim of this course is to augment the student's knowledge of key plant-specific (or particularly relevant) biochemical processes focusing on the underlying experiments used to deduce key cycles coupled with current areas of exploration and debate surrounding a given topic area. In addition, this section will broaden and deepen the student's knowledge of biochemistry in general including basic enzyme kinetics, assessment of enzymatic (biochemical)
function, and modes of regulation.
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PLANTBI 200F Plant-Environment Interactions 1.5 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Students will be provided with both the historical framework and current topics in the molecular mechanisms underlying plant dynamic responses to external signals and stresses.

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PLANTBI 201 Faculty Research Review 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Presentation and discussion of faculty research in the areas of plant and microbial biology. Faculty speakers review recent advances in their area of expertise and present an outlook of current research activities in their laboratories. The format of the class is designed to stimulate a dialogue between instructor and students in the course of each presentation.

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PLANTBI 202 Faculty Research Review 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Presentation and discussion of faculty research in the area of microbial biology. Faculty speakers review recent advances in their area of expertise and present an outlook of current research activities in their laboratories. The format of the class is designed to stimulate a dialogue between instructor and students in the course of each presentation.

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PLANTBI 205A Introduction to Research 2 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016
Closely supervised experimental work under the direction of an individual faculty member; an introduction to experimental methods and research approaches in particular areas of plant and microbial biology.

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PLANTBI 205B Introduction to Research 2 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017
Closely supervised experimental work under the direction of an individual faculty member; an introduction to experimental methods and research approaches in particular areas of plant and microbial biology.

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PLANTBI 210 Scientific Reasoning and Logic 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The objectives of this class are to teach students to critically read and interpret scientific papers. Students will read and discuss strongly and poorly reasoned papers. At the end of the class the student should understand the logic and reasoning which make a paper strong, often classic, contribution.

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PLANTBI C216 Microbial Diversity Workshop 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This workshop for graduate students will parallel C116, Microbial Diversity, which should be taken concurrently. Emphasis in the workshop will be on review of research literature and formulation of paper pertinent to research in microbial diversity.

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PLANTBI 220A Microbial Genetics 1.5 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The students will learn fundamental principles and advanced techniques in microbial genetics. The use of genetics in deducing biochemical pathways, protein interactions, and signal transduction pathways will be explores through reading and discussion of current and classic papers from the primary literature. Experimental design and interpretation will be the focus of problem sets solved in student-coordinated sessions.

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PLANTBI 220B Genomics and Computational Biology 1.5 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Principles of computational and genomic biology. Covers evolutionary, algorithmic, and statistical foundations of sequence analysis, allowing students to understand concepts underlying modern computational methods. Practical applications will be pursued in student-coordinated sessions. Combined lecture with 200B.

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PLANTBI 220C Microbial Diversity and Evolution 1.5 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
The students will be provided with both the basic framework and current topics of microbial diversity and evolution.

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PLANTBI 220D Cell Structure and Function 1.5 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The students will be provided with both the basic framework and current topics of cell structure and function.

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PLANTBI 220E Microbial Physiology 1.5 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The students will be provided with both the basic framework and current topics of microbial physiology.

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PLANTBI 220F Microbial Ecology 1.5 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
The students will be provided with both the basic framework and current topics of microbial ecology.

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PLANTBI 222 Biochemistry of Biofuels: Concepts and Foundations 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
This course offers a consideration of genes, enzymes, metabolic pathways and biochemical processes leading to the generation of hydrogen, bio-oils, ethanol, and other biofuels. Discussion of biochemistry is extended to cover product yields and techno-economic analyses of commercial viability of the various biofuel products. Lectures are based on historical and contemporary papers in plant and microbial biochemistry, integrating structure
, function and evolution of the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels, and discussing how this knowledge can be applied in the generation of renewable biofuels.
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PLANTBI C224 The Berkeley Lectures on Energy: Energy from Biomass 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
After an introduction to the different aspects of our global energy consumption, the course will focus on the role of biomass. The course will illustrate how the global scale of energy guides the biomass research. Emphasis will be places on the integration of the biological aspects (crop selection, harvesting, storage, and distribution, and chemical composition of biomass) with the chemical aspects to convert biomass to energy. The course aims
to engage students in state-of-art research.
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PLANTBI 238 Readings in Environmental Microbiology 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013
Special Topics and Advanced Seminars in Plant Pathology. Seminar/discussion by graduate students of current research in the field of plant pathogenic bacteria.

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PLANTBI 290 Seminar 1 - 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Advanced study in various fields of plant biology and microbial biology. Topics will be announced in advance of each semester. Enrollment in more than one section permitted.

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PLANTBI 292 Research Review in Plant and Microbial Biology 1 Unit

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Lectures, reports, and discussions on current research in plant and microbial biology. Sections are operated independently and directed toward different topics.

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PLANTBI 296 Graduate Supervised Independent Study 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013
Graduate student independent study under the supervision of a faculty member. Sections are operated independently and directed toward different topics.

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PLANTBI 297 Grant Writing and Research Presentations 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Each student will write a grant proposal in three steps: a one page outline, a three-page pre-proposal, and a complete 10-page grant proposal. There will be feedback at each step in the process -- each participant will review the other grant proposals. Some of the scheduled classes will include discussion of the outlines and pre-proposals, and the last class will be organized as a grant panel, with students assigned as primary and secondary
reviewers.
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PLANTBI 298 Plant Biology Group Studies 1 - 6 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Advanced study of research topics which will vary semester to semester. Enrollment in more than one section permitted.

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PLANTBI 299 Graduate Research 1 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Graduate student research.

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PLANTBI 375 Workshop on Teaching 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Designed for all graduate students. This course has two goals: discussion of questions and problems relating to the GSI's teaching, and learning how to design and execute a whole course. Effective teaching methods will be introduced by experienced GSIs and faculty. Students will participate in reciprocal classroom visits, visitation and critique of faculty lectures, course design, lecture preparation, sample lecture presentation, and discussion
of current literature on teaching.
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PLANTBI 602 Individual Study for Graduate Students 1 - 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Individual study in consultation with the major field advisor, intended to provide an opportunity for qualified students to prepare for examinations required of Ph.D. candidates

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Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Barbara Baker, Adjunct Professor. Biochemistry, genetics, signal transduction, plant and microbial biology, biolomolecular mechanisms of plant resistance to microbial disease, plant pathogen recognition, plant resistance to pathogen diseases, tobacco mosaic virus, agriculture and crops.
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Benjamin Blackman, Assistant Professor.

Rachel B. Brem, Associate Adjunct Professor. Genetics of regulatory variation.
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Steven Brenner, Professor. Molecular biology, computational biology, evolutionary biology, bioengineering, structural genomics, computational genomics, cellular activity, cellular functions, personal genomics.
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Thomas D. Bruns, Professor. Microbial biology, plant biology, fungi, nucleic acid sequences, basidomycetes, ectomycorrhizal fungi communities.
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John Coates, Professor.

Devin Coleman-Derr, Assistant Adjunct Professor. Plant, Microbiome, Environmental Stress, Drought, Sorghum.
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+ Lewis J. Feldman, Professor. Microbial biology, plant biology.
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Robert L. Fischer, Professor. Plant and microbial biology.
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Jennifer C. Fletcher, Adjunct Professor. Molecular biology, genetics, gene regulation, stem cells, plant development.
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Michael Freeling, Professor. Genetics, genomics, plants, trends in evolution.
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N. Louise Glass, Professor. Biofuels, biotechnology, fungal genetics, fungal cell biology.
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Britt Glaunsinger, Associate Professor. Virology, gene expression, herpesvirus.
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Igor V. Grigoriev, Adjunct Professor. Genomics, fungi, algae, eukaryotes, computational biology, bioinformatics, genome annotation.
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Sarah Hake, Adjunct Professor.

Frank Harmon, Associate Adjunct Professor.

Russell L. Jones, Professor. Plant and microbial biology.
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Cheryl Kerfeld, Associate Adjunct Professor. Bacterial microcompartments, bioinformatics, photosynthesis, synthetic biology, Structural Biology, carboxysome, cyanobacteria, photoprotection.
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Arash Komeili, Associate Professor. Microbiology, Biomineralization, bacterial organelles, Magnetic Nanoparticles.
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Peggy G. Lemaux, Cooperative Extension Specialist.

Jennifer Lewis, Assistant Adjunct Professor. Plant-pathogen interactions, plant immunity, type III effector proteins.
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Steven E. Lindow, Professor. Microbial ecology, microbial biology, plant biology, plant frost control, bacterial plant diseases, plant disease epidemiology.
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Sheng Luan, Professor. Microbial biology, plant biology.
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Sheila Mccormick, Adjunct Professor. Molecular biology, genetics, pollen, plant reproduction.
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Anastasios Melis, Professor. Photosynthesis, Metabolic Engineering, bioenergy.
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Krishna K. Niyogi, Professor. Genetics, plant and microbial biology, algae, photosynthesis, antioxidants.
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Markus Pauly, Professor. Cell walls, extracellular matrix, plants, polysaccharides, carbohydrates, lignin, nucleotide sugars, analytical carbohydrate chemistry, plant genomics, enzyme biochemistry.
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Daniel A. Portnoy, Professor. Mammalian cells, molecular and cellular basis of microbial pathogenesis, defense against infection, listeria monocytogenes, cell biology of infection, mechanisms of secretion.
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Peter Quail, Professor. Plant biology, plant and microbial biology.
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Kathleen Ryan, Associate Professor. Bacterial cell cycle regulation, signal transduction, and regulated proteolysis.
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Henrik Scheller, Adjunct Professor. Biofuels, polysaccharides, plant cell walls, biochemistry, plant biotechnology, glycosylation.
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Kimberly Seed, Assistant Professor.

Kimmen Sjolander, Professor. Computational biology, algorithms, phylogenetic tree reconstruction, protein structure prediction, multiple sequence alignment, evolution, bioinformatics, hidden Markov models, metagenomics, statistical modeling, phylogenomics, emerging and neglected diseases, machine-learning, genome annotation, metagenome annotation, systems biology, functional site prediction, ortholog identification.
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Chris Somerville, Professor. Biochemistry, biotechnology, bioenergy, cell biology, biofuels, cell walls, polysaccharides, cellulose, arabidopsis, cellulose synthase.
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Shauna Somerville, Professor. Powdery mildew disease, cell wall integrity sensing, plant-fungal interactions, plant cell walls.
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Chelsea Specht, Associate Professor. Molecular evolution, adaptation, plant systematics, evolution of development (evo-devo), evolution of form and function, plant morphology, comparative phylogenetics, floral developmental evolution, diversification rates.
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Brian J. Staskawicz, Professor. Biotechnology, plant and microbial biology.
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Zinmay Sung, Professor. Plant biology, plant and microbial biology.
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Michiko Taga, Assistant Professor. Molecular biology, genetics, microbial biology, chemical biology, cofactors, nutrient exchange, microbial communities.
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John Taylor, Professor. Evolution, fungi, phylogenomics, mycology, population genomics.
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Norman Terry, Professor. Phytoremediation, Bioremediation, environmental cleanup, soil and water, plant biology, microbial biology.
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Matthew Traxler, Assistant Professor.

John Vogel, Adjunct Professor.

Mary Wildermuth, Associate Professor.

Patricia Zambryski, Professor. Microbial biology, plant biology, plant intercellular communication via plasmodesmata, Agrobacterium, bacterial type IV secretion.
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Daniel Zilberman, Associate Professor.

Emeritus Faculty

Bob B. Buchanan, Professor Emeritus. Biotechnology, environmental policy, plant biology, thioredoxin.
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Andrew Jackson, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

111 Koshland Hall

Phone: 510-642-9999

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Department Chair

Krishna Niyogi

371A Koshland Hall

Phone: 510-643-6602

Fax: 510-642-4995

niyogi@berkeley.edu

Associate Chair, Plant Biology

Patricia Zambryski

281A Koshland Hall

Phone: 510-643-9203

Fax: 510-642-4995

zambrysk@berkeley.edu

Associate Chair, Microbiology

John D. Coates

Phone: 510-643-8455

jdcoates@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Adviser

Patricia Helyer

260 Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-642-0542

phelyer@berkeley.edu

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