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Microbial Ecology

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeBIO217
  • Number of semesters1
  • Language

    English if English-speaking students attend the seminars, otherwise Norwegian

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Objectives and Content

The subject of this course is the ecological interactions between microorganisms. Special attention is given to the relationships between the microbial food web, biodiversity, the physical/chemical environment (CO2, light, micro/macro-nutrients), and biogeochemical element cycles in the ocean. An introduction is given to the use of simple mathematical models in the analysis of such relationships. The relationship between bacterial physiology and the structure of anaerobic marine ecosystems, and the role of microbial evolution in global biogeochemical cycles are treated. Basic methods in marine microbial ecology are used in an experimentally oriented semester exercise. This includes selected molecular methods for the study of microbial communities (PCR, DGGE, and PFGE).

Learning Outcomes

The aim of this course is to introduce the students to marine microbial ecology at the system level using a combination of theoretical analysis and experimental work, increase their knowledge and practise in the use of methods central to studying diversity, composition, and function of microbial communities, as well as train them in written presentation of research results.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Documented knowledge in microbiology is needed.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade, grade F is a fail.

Subject Overlap

MIK202 (10 SP) (discontinued course).

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    Date
    28.02.2018, 09:00
    Duration
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    14.02.2018
    Examination system
    Inspera
    Digital exam