Spring 2022 - BISC 430 D100

Microbe-Plant Interactions (3)

Class Number: 1909

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SWH 10051, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    MBB 231 and at least one of BISC 303, 326, 337 with a grade of C- or better.



Interactions between major groups of microbes (including fungi, bacteria, viruses, phytoplasmas and viroids) with higher plants, including the chemical signals which trigger the onset of recognition events that result in a parasitic or mutualistic relationship, and the mechanisms of plant defense. Students who have completed BISC 475 under the title 'Microbe-Plant Interactions' may not complete BISC 430 for further credit.


Outline of Topics:

Overview of microbes associated with plants

Types of microbe-plant associations

Evolution of microbe-plant relationships

Pathogenic associations (plant diseases)

Recognition and virulence factors

Development of disease

Microbial pathogenicity factors

Host genetic factors and disease

Defense responses in plants

Antimicrobial compounds in plants

Strategies to overcome disease

Genetic transformation of plants

Molecular methods for microbe identification

Mutualistic interactions



  • . Midterm Exam 25%
  • . Class Projects (2) 40%
  • . Final Exam 35%


Mode of teaching: 

Lecture: Synchronous (recorded) 

Midterm: synchronous; date: TBA 

Final exam: synchronous; date: TBA 




Textbook(s): None. Course hand-outs will be provided, textbook references given, and Powerpoint presentations made available.

Registrar Notes:


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