Markus Künzler: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2017

Name Prof. Dr. Markus Künzler
Name variantsMarkus Künzler
Markus Kuenzler
Markus Kunzler
Institut für Mikrobiologie
ETH Zürich, HCI F 423
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1-5/10
8093 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 49 25
RelationshipAdjunct Professor

551-0227-00LMycology2 credits2VM. Künzler
AbstractThe lecture gives an introduction into the field of Mycology. It provides an overview of the fungal lifestyle (hyphal growth/mycelium; reproductive cycles; ecology of the fungi; use of fungi).
ObjectiveUnderstanding the fungal life form.
Knowledge of the specific properties of the fungal cell
Knowledge of the different reproductive cycles in all fungal phyla
Knowledge of the different nutritional modes of the fungi; correlation with habitat and ecology
Knowledge of the application of fungi in food production and biotechnology
ContentThe lecture focuses on the following topics within Mycology:
1. The fungal lifestyle
2. Differentiation processes of the Mycelium
3. Reproductive cycles and systematic grouping of fungi
4. Ecology of the fungi
5. Use of fungi
Lecture notesnone; Powerpoint presentation and literature will be provided via Moodle
Literature'Fungal Biology' by Jim Deacon (Blackwell Publishing, 4th Edition, 2006, ISBN-13: 978-1-4051-3066-0)

'21st Century Guidebook to Fungi' by David Moore, Geoffrey D. Robson, Anthony P.J. Trinci (Cambridge University Press, 3rd Printing, 2015, ISBN-13: 978-1-107-00676-7
Prerequisites / NoticeLecture starts on Sept. 25
551-1109-00LSeminars in Microbiology0 credits2KM. Aebi, H.‑M. Fischer, W.‑D. Hardt, M. Künzler, J. Piel, S. Sunagawa, J. Vorholt-Zambelli
AbstractSeminars by invited speakers covering selected microbiology themes.
ObjectiveDiscussion of selected microbiology themes presented by invited speakers.
752-4003-00LPractical Course in Microbiology2 credits3PM. Künzler
AbstractBasic principles of the handling of microorganisms (MO) - Detection of MO in the environment - Foodmicrobiology - Morphology and diagnostics of MO - Morphology and physiology of fungi - Antimicrobial agents - Microbial genetics - Bacterial physiology and interactions - Microbial pest control
ObjectiveThe students are familiar with the laboratory work with microorganisms. Specific emphasis is put on the isolation and maintenance of pure cultures and the required hygiene measures. The students know the practical, clinical and ecological importance of microorganisms.
ContentIn an introductory part students are made familiar with the handling and cultivation of microorganisms (MO). Afterwards, the students detect MO in the environment and use MO for the conservation of food. This part is then followed by a practical introduction on routine diagnostics of MO and experiments with antimicrobial agents. The part on diagnostics is complemented by an overview over the morphology and physiology of fungi. On simple experiments, the students experience the interaction of of MO with higher organisms - the common topic of all research groups at the Institute of Microbiology. Some simple experiments demonstrate the importance of MO in molecular genetics. The course ends with an example of applied microbiology i.e. an experiment on microbial pest control.
Lecture notesA detailled script of approx. 100 pp. and other relevant documents are available at Moodle at latest 1 week before the beginning of the practical course.
LiteratureRecommended literature (facultative):
-Allgemeine Mikrobiologie by Georg Fuchs and Hans G. Schlegel, Thieme-Verlag, 9. Auflage 2014
-Taschenlehrbuch Biologie: Mikrobiologie by Katharina Munk, Thieme Verlag, 2008
-Brock Mikrobiologie kompakt von Michael T. Madigan, John M. Martinko, David A. Stahl and David P. Clark, Pearson Verlag, 13. Auflage 2015
Prerequisites / NoticePerformance of the students in this practical course is controlled by:

1. Attendance of all 8 course days
2. Handing in of written reports to selected experiments (in groups of 2 students)
3. Preparation of a poster to a selected topic of Microbiology (in groups of 4 students)

Participating PhD students who collect credit points during their thesis are examined in a 30-minute oral exam at the end of the course.