cod. 07626

Academic year 2010/11
2° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Biologia applicata (BIO/13)
Discipline biotecnologiche con finalità specifiche: biologiche e industriali
Type of training activity
48 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
course unit

Learning objectives

Provide knowledge on technologies applied to remediation of contaminated sites based on application of living organisms. Give insights into issues connected to the main sources of pollution


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Course unit content

First part - bases of environmental chemistry

Second part - bioremediation

Third part - Phytoremediation

Fourth part - genetically modified organisms

Full programme

First part -

chemistry and environmental chemistry
biology and biochemistry
environment and human impact
water biology, microbiology and chemistry
water pollution
air pollution
soil pollution

Second part - bioremediation

microbial nutrition and environmental processes
microbial degradation of pollutants
laboratory of bioremediation
applications of bioremediation
anaerobic biodegradation, mechanisms
bioremediation of soil and sludges
in situ bioremediation
vadose bioremediation
future perspectives
bioremediation and detoxification of industrial wastes

Third part - Phytoremediation

Basic principles
Innovative technologies: phytoextraction, phytostabilization, rhizosphere bioremediation, etc.
application to metals and organic compounds, radioactive isotopes

Fourth part -

genetically modified organisms (plants and microbes) and remediation of pollution
genetic selection and genetic engineering
microbial organisms genetically modified for remediation, principles and usage
comparison with existing organisms
norms of environmental safety


Environmental Science and Technology
Practical Environmental Bioremediation
Exploitation of Microorganisms
Phytoremediation CRC press,
Microorganism to combact pollution

Teaching methods

frontal lectures

Assessment methods and criteria

oral exam

Other information

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