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Microbial Ecology



Course format On-site
Date 2020-08-17 - 2020-12-20

The course will have a general part covering microbial ecological interactions, a descriptive part treating key types of ecosystems, and a methodological part covering quantitative and qualitative methods and modelling. The course consist of the following five equally large parts:

  1. General basis: The general principals of microbial behaviour in ecosystems. Microbial interactions related to resource competition and predation/parasitism. Microbial populations, communities and ecosystems.
  2. Quantitative and qualitative methods: Fluorescent microscopy and molecular techniques (PCR- and probe based).
  3. Natural ecosystems: Microbes in natural habitats; air, water, soil and symbionts. Pelagic food webs and eutrophication.
  4. ”Unnatural” ecosystems: Selected systems and biological water purification. Anaerobic fermentation and xenobiotika.
  5. Modelling: Mathematical basis and model types. Examples and modelling tools (Matlab, ASM Nos. 1-3, Aquasim m.m.).


Recommended previous knowledge

The course is based on knowledge in microbiology comparable to TBT4110 Microbiology. Courses like TBT4170 Biotechnology, TBT4145/TBT4146 Molecular Genetics, TBT4130 Environmental Biotechnology, and courses in basic ecology are also a useful background.

Learning outcomes

After completion of the course the students have a good understanding of interactions determining the development of microbial communities and they have a basic knowledge for analyzing microbial ecosystems; both natural and human created/controlled ecosystems like intensive plants for treatment of water and waste.


ISCED Categories

Scientific modelling