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Course, academic year 2023/2024
Environmental Biotechnology - M319003
Title: Biotechnologie v životním prostředí
Guaranteed by: Department of Biotechnology (319)
Faculty: Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology
Actual: from 2020
Semester: winter
Points: winter s.:4
E-Credits: winter s.:4
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/1, C+Ex [HT]
Capacity: unlimited / unlimited (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
For type: Master's (post-Bachelor)
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Maťátková Olga doc. Ing. Ph.D.
Interchangeability : N319021
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Annotation -
Last update: Maťátková Olga doc. Ing. Ph.D. (26.01.2018)
Biotechnological processes have an irreplaceable role in the protection of environment. The use of biological processes for the degradation of environmental contaminants, in the environment-friendly mining and other new methods for environmental protection, are among the most dynamically developing biotechnologies. Introductory lectures provide students with general information needed to design specific technologies. Individual groups of environmental contaminants, metabolic degradation pathways and kinetics of biodegradation processes are characterized. The environmental factors affecting these biotechnological processes and the design of the bioremediation process are also explained. Particular examples of bioremediation processes in different types of environment are discussed. Attention is also paid to the use of microorganisms in the bioremediation of heavy metals and mineral mining. Final lectures provide information about the destructive effects of microorganisms on different materials and means for their protection. In the seminar, the students prepare project describing a specific bioremediation process.
Aim of the course -
Last update: Maťátková Olga doc. Ing. Ph.D. (26.01.2018)

Students will be able to:

  • suggest the preparation of a biological agent for effective decontamination
  • design a biotechnological process for the decontamination of various types of matrix
  • evaluate the risks associated with the presence of contaminants in the environment and with the proposed biotechnological intervention

Literature -
Last update: Maťátková Olga doc. Ing. Ph.D. (26.01.2018)

Z:Moo-Young, M: Comprehensive Biotechnology (2nd ed.), Volume 6: Environmental Biotechnology and Safety, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2011, ISBN: 9780080885049

Z:Jördening, H.-J.: Environmental Biotechnology: Concepts and Applications, Wiley, Weinheim, 2005, ISBN 9783527604289

Learning resources -
Last update: Maťátková Olga doc. Ing. Ph.D. (26.01.2018)

Syllabus -
Last update: Maťátková Olga doc. Ing. Ph.D. (26.01.2018)

1. Introduction - possibilities and current use of biotechnological processes in the environment

2. Contamination of the environment; classification of pollutants; determination of persistent compounds, toxicity

3. Kinetics of biodegradation processes

4. Biochemical pathways of persistent compound biodegradation

5. Characteristics and development of biological agent for bioremediation processes

6. Physico-chemical, biological and engineering aspects of modern bioremediation processes

7. Overview of biotechnological processes for municipal waste treatment

8. Overview of biotechnological processes for industrial waste treatment

9. Bioremediation technology I - soil matrix

10. Bioremediation technology II - water matrix

11. Biofilm - theory of its origin, characteristics, application in bioremediation processes

12. Biotechnological processes for elimination of heavy metals from environment and in mineral mining

13. Phytoremediation - use of plants in bioremediation processes

14. Biodeterioration - biodegradation processes of natural and synthetic materials; technology for their protection

Registration requirements -
Last update: Maťátková Olga doc. Ing. Ph.D. (26.01.2018)

Biochemistry, Microbiology

Course completion requirements -
Last update: Maťátková Olga doc. Ing. Ph.D. (26.01.2018)

Course credit requirements: preparation and presentation of a project on a specified topic.

Form of the final examination: oral.

Teaching methods
Activity Credits Hours
Konzultace s vyučujícími 0.3 7
Obhajoba individuálního projektu 0.2 6
Účast na přednáškách 1 28
Práce na individuálním projektu 1 28
Příprava na zkoušku a její absolvování 1 28
Účast na seminářích 0.5 14
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