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Course, academic year 2023/2024
Environmental Microbiology - AM320045
Title: Environmental Microbiology
Guaranteed by: Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology (320)
Faculty: Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology
Actual: from 2019
Semester: winter
Points: winter s.:4
E-Credits: winter s.:4
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/1, Ex [HT]
Capacity: 50 / 50 (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Uhlík Ondřej prof. Ing. Bc. Ph.D.
This subject contains the following additional online materials
The aim of the classes is to familiarize students with the microbial diversity in different environments as well as processes typical of the particular environment. The major items of interest will involve the biosphere formation, microbial diversity and its analysis, biogeochemical cycles, biodegradation and bioremediation.
Last update: Uhlík Ondřej (15.03.2022)
Aim of the course

Student will understand the basics of microbial processes proceeding in the environment and their implications for maintaining equilibrium in the biosphere. In addition, students will acquire both theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of microbial diversity analyses.

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Michael T. Madigan,‎ Kelly S. Bender,‎ Daniel H. Buckley,‎ W. Matthew Sattley,‎ David A. Stahl: Brock Biology of Microorganisms; Pearson 2017. ISBN-13: 978-0134261928, ISBN-10: 0134261925

Eugene L. Madsen: Environmental Microbiology: From Genomes to Biogeochemistry; John Wiley & Sons 2011. ISBN 1444357980, 9781444357981

Terry Gentry, Raina M. Maier, Ian L. Pepper, Charles P. Gerba: Environmental Microbiology; Academic Press 2008. ISBN 0123705193, 9780123705198.

Wen-Tso Liu, Janet K. Jansson: Environmental Molecular Microbiology; Horizon Scientific Press 2010. ISBN 1904455522, 9781904455523.

Last update: Uhlík Ondřej (23.04.2018)
Learning resources

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1. Biosphere formation. Microbial cell. Fundamentals of microbiology.

2. Microbial cell structure and function.

3.-4. Microbial metabolism.

5.-6. Microbial diversity and its levels, analysis of microbial diversity.

7. Structure and organization of microbial communities. Microbial interactions. Communication of microorganisms, quorum sensing, biofilms.

8.-10. Biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, iron, halogens, role of microorganisms in these cycles, biocorosion.

11.-12. Classification of pollutants, persistent organic pollutants, microbial degradation of persistent compounds.

13. Bioremediation - methods using microorganisms to remove xenobiotics from the environment.

14. New trends in environmental microbiology.

Last update: Uhlík Ondřej (15.03.2022)
Entry requirements

Basic (bachelor-level) knowledge of biochemistry and microbiology

Last update: Uhlík Ondřej (15.03.2022)
Course completion requirements

Presentation on selected topic

Oral exam

Last update: Uhlík Ondřej (23.04.2018)
Teaching methods
Activity Credits Hours
Obhajoba individuálního projektu 0 1
Účast na přednáškách 1 28
Práce na individuálním projektu 0.5 13
Příprava na zkoušku a její absolvování 2 56
Účast na seminářích 0.5 14
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