Environmental Microbiology
Cod: 21083
Department: DCET
Scientific area: Biological Sciences
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 26

This course further develops concepts of microbiology, particularly in microbial ecology and the processes of applied microbiology. It focuses on the study of microbial communities in their natural environment, including in water, soil, air, and also animals and plants that inhabit the planet.

1. Microbiology
2. Microbial Ecology
3. Applied Microbiology

It is intended that at the end of this Curricular Unit/Course, students should be able to:
• Demonstrate knowledge of basic methodologies of microbiology;
• Demonstrate knowledge of concepts and microbial processes in environmental microbiology;
• Know the main groups of microorganisms and their function in the environment and in processes of applied microbiology;
• Understand the application of the basic principles of microbiology and ecology to the processes of applied microbiology.

1. Historical perspective of environmental microbiology
2. Microbial diversity
3. Methods in Environmental Microbiology
4. Microorganisms and Environment
5. Food and industrial microbiology
6. Control of microorganisms

Learning materials will be available on-line.

Madigan, M.T., Martinko, J.M. & Parker, J. (2004) BroK’s Microbiology 10st Ed., Prentice Hall.


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%).
In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).