SYMBIOSIS (freshman seminar)
BIOLOGY 89S-03 (6324) / ENVIRON 89S-03
Instructors: François Lutzoni, and Jennifer Wernegreen
Next time offered: Spring semester, 2013; Th 3:05PM – 5:35PM
Previously offered: Spring 2012; Th 4:25PM – 6:55PM; Bio Sci 155
Synopsis: Biology is often taught one organism at a time, as distinct and independently evolving entities. Yet, symbiotic interactions among organisms, ranging from mutualism to parasitism, are much more the rule than the exception in nature. Together we will explore the unnoticed symbiotic world as an integral component of life, including the human body. We will unveil symbiotic mechanisms whereby the existence of most species depends on intimate interactions with other, often drastically different, species.