Microorganisms, though invisibly small, collectively make up the majority of the living matter on Earth and have profound influences on many aspects of our lives. This unit will draw on contemporary and real-world examples to explore the influence and impact of microorganisms - both positive and detrimental - on human activities and aspirations. Students will be briefly introduced to the ecology and biology of the main groups of microorganisms and then to the ways in which microorganisms affect our lives, e.g. through disease of humans, animals and plants, their effects on natural and human-controlled environments, in agriculture and food production and deterioration, and their exploitation in a wide range of (bio)technologies. A range of excursions and tutorial activities and/or group discussions will be used to exemplify the lecture content.
|Unit name||Microbes and Man|
|Faculty/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
|Discipline||Agriculture and Food Systems|
Tom Ross, John Bowman, Shane Powell and other staff from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
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