ENY 6821 Insect Microbiology

ENY 6821 Insect Microbiology


Insect Microbiology ENY 6821 will cover the diverse associations that exist between insects and microorganisms. These associations include mutualistic relationships, commensalism, vector biology, and insect-pathogen interactions. Insects from a wide range of orders as well as a diverse array of microbes will serve as theoretical models for the students to learn about developmental biology, physiology, behavior, and ecology involved in interactions between insects and microbes. In addition, various methods in scientific research will be presented and discussed. The course is composed of lectures, student presentations, and journal club discussions in order to build a comprehensive understanding of insect microbiology.


There are no formal prerequisites, however introductory coursework in entomology and microbiology are suggested.

Course Format

Location: Online

Course Goals

  1. Define and classify the major groups of microorganisms associated with insects.
  2. Identify and differentiate between beneficial, neutral, and pathogenic interactions.
  3. Assess metabolic pathways with regard to prospective industrial use (e.g., biofuel production).
  4. Explain and discuss vector biology and implement the concept of vector control for disease prevention in various agricultural systems.
  5. Synthesize and integrate the concept of biological control into pest management strategies.
  6. Analyze and critique research publications.