NEM 6201 - NEMATODE ECOLOGY
M/W/F, Period 6 (12:50-1:40pm)
Room 2217, Bldg. 970, Natural Area Drive
Instructor and Office Hours:
Dr. Robert McSorley
Room 2214, Entomology-Nematology Bldg.
Bldg. 970, Natural Area Drive
P.O. Box 110620
TEL: 352-392-1901 X137
Office hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:30-11:30 AM and 1:40-2:40 PM
Course Description: Population and community ecology of plant-parasitic and other soil-inhabiting nematodes.
Objectives and Goals: To learn ecological principles applicable to most ecosystems; to understand the roles of nematodes in ecosystems; to examine examples relevant to current issues in nematode ecology.
Topics to be Covered -- Tentative Syllabus for 2009:
Optional Textbook: Barker, K.R., G.A. Pederson, and G.L. Windham. 1998. Plant and Nematode Interactions. American Society of Agronomy, Madison, WI.
Assignments and Methods by which the Student will be Evaluated and Grades Determined: Course includes literature readings and discussion of topics including statistics, crop losses to nematodes, sampling plans, organic amendments and their effects, plant breeding and resistance, cropping systems, nematode and pathogen interactions, biological control of nematodes by fungi, bacterivore nematodes and decomposition, biomonitoring, sustainability and integrated pest management. Students are expected to stay current in their readings and be able to participate in discussions.
Midterm test = 33.3%
Final test = 33.3%
Class participation = 33.3%
A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
E = <60%
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