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Course, academic year 2023/2024
Microbial Ecology - AP320003
Title: Microbial Ecology
Guaranteed by: Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology (320)
Faculty: Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology
Actual: from 2022
Semester: winter
Points: winter s.:0
E-Credits: winter s.:0
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:3/0, other [HT]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course is intended for doctoral students only
can be fulfilled in the future
Guarantor: Uhlík Ondřej prof. Ing. Bc. Ph.D.
Interchangeability : P320003
Annotation -
The aim of the classes is to introduce to students the major topics of microbial ecology. Apart from origins of life, students will get familiar with extensive interactions in the microbial world, interactions among microorganisms and higher organisms or interactions among microorganisms and their abiotic surroundings. Information will be provided on how these interactions determine stability of microbial communities, ecosystem functioning and equilibrium maintaining. Furthermore, the relation of phylogenetics and taxonomic and functional diversity will be given. The classes are composed in a way that students will obtain key theoretical knowledge as well as overview of state of the art microbiological-ecological techniques.
Last update: Uhlík Ondřej (03.11.2018)
Aim of the course -

Student will understand the basics of microbial processes happening in the environment in order to maintain equilibrium. In addition, students will acquire both theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of microbial diversity analyses.

Last update: Pátková Vlasta (08.06.2018)
Literature -

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: Pátková Vlasta (08.06.2018)
Learning resources -

Last update: Pátková Vlasta (08.06.2018)
Syllabus -

1. Origins of life, origin of organic molecules, first cell, endosymbiotic theories.

2. Microbial phylogenetics and recunstruction of tree of life.

3.-4. Definition of species, microbial taxonomy, operational taxonomic units.

5. Microbial ecology and functional diversity of natural habitats.

6. Ecological niches, microenvironments.

7. Integrated genomics and post-genomics approaches in microbial ecology.

8.-9. Geomicrobiology and microbial contributions to geochemical cycles.

10.-11. Applied microbial ecology and bioremediation.

12. New trends in microbial ecology.

Last update: Pátková Vlasta (08.06.2018)
Registration requirements -



Last update: Pátková Vlasta (08.06.2018)
Course completion requirements -

Presentation of a review paper from the field of microbial ecology

Oral exam

Last update: Uhlík Ondřej (03.11.2018)