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

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.