ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY

ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY

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Code
65592
ACADEMIC YEAR
2018/2019
CREDITS
5 credits during the 2nd year of 9916 ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL SCIENCES (L-32) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
BIO/19
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL SCIENCES)
semester
2° Semester
Prerequisites
modules
Teaching materials

AIMS AND CONTENT

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

Attendance and participation in the planned activities will enable the student to acquire general knowledge in the field of environmental Microbiology

Specifically, he will be able to:

                    • Know the basic biology of environmental microorganisms and their activities (microbial

                     metabolism) in natural ecosystems

                    • Understanding the ecological role of environmental microorganisms

     • Know the diagnostic techniques necessary for the characterization and recognition of  

         environmental microorganisms

     • Understanding the use of microorganisms in innovative approaches for environmental  

        bioremediation

 

Teaching methods

The course consists exclusively of lectures. Attendance at lessons is strongly recommended.
Lectures in the classroom are delivered through multimedia presentations. 

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The composition of the microbial world. eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Structural and functional characteristics of the bacterial cell. The bacterial division. Nutritional classes of bacteria and energy reactions. The growth curve; effect of the environment on bacterial growth; survival strategies of bacteria at stress. The endospore. Main features of gene exchanges in bacteria and their study in the marine environment. Genetics of microorganisms, horizontal gene transfer (conjugation, transduction, transformation). Archea: classification, main characteristics and ecological role. Virus: main features (structure and replication cycle); lytic cycle and lysogenic cycle of bacteriophages. Viruses in the environment ecology and techniques for their detection. General characteristics of eukaryotic microorganisms. Sterilization techniques. Cultures and non-culture surveys for the study of presence, concentration and microbial activity in the environment. Ecological role of microorganisms. Interactions of microorganisms with animals, plants and other microorganisms. Microbial biofilms.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

All slides used during lessons and other teaching materials will be available on AulaWeb at the end of each lesson cycle. The book below is suggested as a supporting text, but students can still use other university level texts. The recommended text is available and can be consulted at the M.F.N. School of Science Library.

Micheal T Madigan et al 2016. Brock, Biology of microorganisms, General, environmental and industrial microbiology. Pearson Publisher (Milan), ISBN-10: 889190094X, 848 pp.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Meetings with students will be agreed directly with the teacher

Exam Board

LUIGI VEZZULLI (President)

BIANCA SPARATORE (President)

CARLA PRUZZO

MARCO GIOVINE

LESSONS

Teaching methods

The course consists exclusively of lectures. Attendance at lessons is strongly recommended.
Lectures in the classroom are delivered through multimedia presentations. 

EXAMS

Exam description

The exam is oral and consists of the answer to questions asked by the teacher on topics covered during the course. Three calls will be available in the winter session (January-February) and 3 calls in the summer session (June, July, September).

Assessment methods

Detailed information on how to prepare for the exam and the degree of detail required for each covered topic will be provided during the lessons. The oral examination will focus on the topics covered in class and will have the purpose to evaluate not only if the student has reached an adequate level of knowledge, but also if he has acquired the ability to recall the theoretical notions by applying them to simple concrete contexts. The ability to expose the arguments clearly and with correct terminology will also be evaluated.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
13/09/2019 10:00 GENOVA Orale
26/09/2019 10:00 GENOVA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

Regular attendance at lessons is strongly recommended.