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701-0220-00L  Basic Practical in Microbiology

SemesterSpring Semester 2016
LecturersM. Ackermann, F. Hammes, D. R. Johnson
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
CommentOnly for BSc Environmental Sciences.

Registration is necessary until three weeks before course begins (01.02.2016). After that date a place cannot be garanteed.


AbstractThe basic experimental working techniques used in microbiology will be taught in the laboratory. Futhermore, the student will get an understanding of the role of microorganisms in natural and anthropogenic nutrient cycles.
ObjectiveThe basic experimental working techniques used in microbiology will be taught in the laboratory. Futhermore, the student will get an understanding of the role of microorganisms in natural and anthropogenic nutrient cycles.
ContentIntroduction in sterile working techniques; isolation of microbes from soil, water and air; enrichment cultures under aerobic and anaerobic conditions; using the light microscope to experience the different morphologies of microorganisms; experimenting with microbial metabolism involved in the degradation of environmental pollutants and in nutrient cycles; basics of hygiene (transfer routes of pathogenic microbes).
Lecture notesA script will be supplied
LiteratureBrock et al., Biology of Microorganisms, 11th edition 2003, Prentice Hall.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course will be held at ETHZ building CHN.