701-0230-00L  Microbial Ecology

SemesterSpring Semester 2019
LecturersM. H. Schroth, J. Zeyer
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 15


701-0230-00 PMicrobial Ecology
A week-long block course taught from 21.07.2019 to 27.07.2019 at the Alpine Biology Center, Val di Piora (TI). Participation is limited, and the course carries a fee of CHF 400.- for food and lodging, payable in advance.
40s hrsM. H. Schroth, J. Zeyer

Catalogue data

AbstractThe field course "Microbial Ecology" allows students to learn state-of-the-art methods used to study microbial structures and functions in natural habitats. The course includes lectures, field and laboratory work, excursions, and student presentations of the collected data. The focus will be on alpine habitats including microbial mats, alpine wetlands, and stratified Lake Cadagno.
ObjectiveCharacterization of microbial structures and functions in natural habitats by using state-of-the-art molecular, chemical and physical tools.
ContentThe field course is taught at the alpine research station in Val Piora (TI). The methods to be addressed include flux measurements, microsensors, determination of depth profiles, microbiological techniques, etc. The students will also learn to take samples in aquatic and terrestrial systems.
Lecture notesHandouts will be provided during the course.
LiteratureM.T. Madigan, J.M. Martinko, P.V. Dunlap & J. Parker
"Brock Biology of Microorganisms", Pearson
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course is taught from 21.07.2019 - 27.07.2019. The course fee for students is CHF 400.-, which includes the cost for housing, food, and equipment.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersM. H. Schroth, J. Zeyer
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.

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Places15 at the most
Waiting listuntil 29.06.2019
End of registration periodRegistration only possible until 31.05.2019

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