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Plant endophytes as a platform for discovery-based undergraduate science education

Project ownership is an essential but sometimes overlooked ingredient for a successful undergraduate research experience. We have embarked on an experiment in undergraduate education that targets isolation of microbes from rainforest plants and characterization of natural products as objectives for discovery-based undergraduate research.

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Figure 3: Endophytic microbes isolated from plants.


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This program is supported by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professorship, US National Science Foundation grant OISE-0636212 and the Research and Commercialization Board of Montana.

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Strobel, S., Strobel, G. Plant endophytes as a platform for discovery-based undergraduate science education. Nat Chem Biol 3, 356–359 (2007).

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