cod. 00714

Academic year 2009/10
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Microbiologia generale (BIO/19)
Discipline biologiche
Type of training activity
48 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
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course unit
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Integrated course unit module: MICROBIOLOGY

Learning objectives

To provide a general survey of the field of microbiology with substantial information on bacteria and archaea. Topics include taxonomy, structure, growth, reproduction, nutrition, metabolism, genetic recombination, chemical and physical eradication control, antibiotics .


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Course unit content

 Microbiological techniques: light and electron microscopy, simple and differential staining procedures. Structure of the microbial cells at different evolution levels (Eukarya, Bacteria, Archaea). Comparative analysis and description of structures and functions of procaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Microbial nutrition: common nutritional requirments, growth factors, nutrient uptake, culture media, sterilization, pure cultures. Microbial growth: influence of aerobiosis,anaerobiosis, temperature, pH etc. on microbial growth. Microbial population growth , methods for growth measurement, continuous coltures (chemostat and turbidostat). Microbial metabolism and metabolic diversity: energy production, aerobic and anaerobic respiration, fermentation, oxigenic and anoxigenic photosynthesis, chemolithoautotrophy. Biosynthesis. Metabolism regulation at transcriptional level, translational level, feed-back inhibition. Microbial genetics: bacterial genome, mutation and mutants, genetic recombination in prokaryotes (transformation, conjugation, transduction). Plasmids and transposable  elements. Microbial evolution and systematics. Prokaryotic diversity (Bacteria and Archaea), Fungi, Algae, Protista and Microbial growth control: antimicrobial drugs.

Full programme

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Prescott, Willey, Sherwood, Woolverton “Microbiologia “ 7/ed McGraw-Hill Companies srl volumi 1-2-3(2009)<br />
Tortora, Funke, Case "Elementi di Microbiologia" Pearson Education Inc.(2008)<br />
Madigan et al. “Brock, Biologia dei Microrganismi” volumi 1-2-3 Casa Editrice Ambrosiana (2007)

Teaching methods

and oral examination at the end of the course.

Assessment methods and criteria

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Other information

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