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701-0230-00L  Microbial Ecology

SemesterSpring Semester 2016
LecturersM. H. Schroth, J. Zeyer
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 9.

Catalogue data

AbstractThe field course "Microbial ecology" enables students to learn a number of state of the art methods which are commonly used to study microbial structures and functions in natural habitats. The course includes lectures, field trips, training in the laboratory and a presentation of the data. The focus will be on habitats such as microbial mats, alpine wetlands and stratified lakes.
ObjectiveCharacterization of microbial structures and functions in natural habitats by using state of the art molecular, chemical and physical tools.
ContentThe field course is taught in an alpine research station in Val Piora (TI). The methods to be addressed include flux measurements, microsensors , determination of depth profiles, microbiological techniques, etc. The students will also learn to take samples in aquatic and terrestrial systems.
Lecture notesHandouts will be available in the course.
LiteratureM.T. Madigan, J.M. Martinko, P.V. Dunlap & J. Parker
"Brock Biology of Microorganisms"
Prerequisites / NoticeCourse taught together with University of Basel

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersM. H. Schroth, J. Zeyer
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.

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701-0230-00 PMicrobial Ecology
**together with the University of Basel**

A week-long block course from 24.07.2016 until 30.07.2016 in the Alpine Biology Center, Cadagno, in Val Piora, Ticino. Participation is limited, and the course carries a fee of CHF 350.- for food and lodging, payable in advance.
Should all participant slots be booked, please contact Prof. Martin Schroth ( to be put on the waiting list.
40s hrsM. H. Schroth, J. Zeyer


No information on groups available.


Places9 at the most
Waiting listuntil 04.05.2016
End of registration periodRegistration only possible until 04.05.2016

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