Course curriculum

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    1. Introduction

    2. Introduction to Endophytes

    3. Glossary

    4. Chapter Quiz #1

    1. Overview

    2. Improve Plant Growth and Development

    3. Increase Nutrients

    4. Increase Disease Resistance

    5. Increase Stress Tolerance and Nutrient Density

    6. Inhibit Competitor Plants

    7. Deter Insects and other animals from feeding on the plant

    8. Chapter Quiz #2

    1. Practices that Harm Endophytes

    2. Seed Care: Post Harvest Maturation

    3. Seed Starting: Soil Mixes

    4. Chapter Quiz #3

    1. Adaptation to Local Conditions

    2. Example: Iroquois Corn Medicine

    3. Collecting family specific endophytes for faster local adaptation

    4. Habitat Adapted Symbiosis

    1. Add Microbes to Control Disease

    2. Closing Note from Dr. White

    1. Organic Fertilizers

    2. Plant Epigenetics and Endophytes

    3. How do Clones, Cuttings and Tubers Acquire Endophytes?

About this course

  • Free
  • 25 lessons
  • Dr James White teaches about the microbiome of seeds and plants. What endophytes are, how they affect the plant, and how to attract and keep the right ones.
  • Learn how plants use endophytes to adapt to local conditions, and how to help them adapt.
  • Specific, actionable steps that will give your plants the advantage and transform your garden.


Dr James White


Dr James F. White, is Professor of Plant Pathology. Dr. White obtained the M.S. in Mycology and Plant Pathology from Auburn University, Alabama, and the Ph.D. in Mycology from the University of Texas, Austin in 1987. Dr. White specializes in symbiosis research, particularly endophytic microbes. He is the author of more than 180 articles, and author and editor of reference books on the biology, taxonomy, and phylogeny of fungal endophytes. He and students in his lab are exploring diversity of endophytic microbes and the various impacts that they have on host plants. Primary Focus Area: Plant Protection and Biotic and Abiotic Interactions Secondary Focus Area: Sustainable Agricultural Systems