[ 663BIOLBMI18 ] Module Biology of Microorganisms

Workload Mode of examination Education level Study areas Responsible person Coordinating university
4 ECTS Accumulative module examination B2 - Bachelor's programme 2. year (*)Biologische Chemie Jiri Barta USB Budweis
Detailed information
Original study plan Bachelor's programme Biological Chemistry 2023W
Objectives The structure and functioning of microbial communities are review. An extensive introduction into field of microbiology is given.
Subject Fundamentals of the biology of microorganisms
Further information Contents of lectures:

1. Introduction to Microbiology - importance of microorganisms - evolution of the cell (J. Szostak theory) - main microbial habitats

2. History of Microbiology - important microbiologists and discoveries

3. Seeing the small world - basic and advanced microscopical techniques, sequencing techniques

4. Cell structure - difference in prokayrotic and eukaryotic cell - inner cell structures - cytoplasmic membrane, cell wall, transport systems, DNA, basic of genetics - cytoskeleton (prokaryotic vs eukaryotic) - mitochondria, chloroplast (endo-symbiotic theory)

5. Metabolism - basic principles of metabolism and cell energetics - advanced metabolism (anaerobic respiration, methanogenesis, syntrophy, chemolithotrophy)

6. Microbial diversity - ecologically important groups of bacteria, archaea and eukaryotes - this part might be good to merge with metabolism? - advanced lecture on microbial habitats (aquatic, terestrial, higher organisms)

7. Microorganisms and their resistance to chemical agens (mainly antibiotics) - type of resistance - type of antibiotics and their targets in microbial cell (ribosome, cell wall, etc.) - fungal antibiotics

8. Biotechnology - bioremediation, biodegradation

Contents of laboratories: Practical training of microscopical techniques, gram staining, streak-plate method, counting live and total bacteria, growth curve, antibiotic test.

Corresponding lecture in collaboration with 663BIOLICB18: Modul Introduction to Cell Biology (1 ECTS) equivalent to
663BIOLBMI12: Modul Biology of Microorganisms (5 ECTS)
Subordinated subjects, modules and lectures