Microbiology & Biochemistry of Soil Environment

Course Information
TitleΜΙΚΡΟΒΙΟΛΟΓΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΒΙΟΧΗΜΕΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΕΔΑΦΙΚΟΥ ΠΕΡΙΒΑΛΛΟΝΤΟΣ 1 / Microbiology & Biochemistry of Soil Environment
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate, 3rd / Doctorate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID420000700

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. recognize and understand the activities of soil microorganisms and how they interact with the soil environment 2. understand scientific results, read diagrams and reach conclusions 3. apply methods and basic lab analyses in soil microbiology 4. use bibliographic databases
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Respect natural environment
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Soil microorganisms: distribution, morphological and physiological differences. Factors that influence soil microbial biodiversity. Interactions of soil microorganisms with organic and inorganic components of soil. Soil micro-fauna contribution on survival and growth of soil microorganisms. Chemical and enzymatic activity of soil microorganisms. The rhizosphere. Mycorrhizae – mycorrhizal biotechnology. Symbiotic and non-symbiotic nitrogen fixation – N-fixation biochemistry. Organic matter mineralization and release of plant nutrients. The role of soil water potential in growth and activities of soil microorganisms.
soil microbiology, soil biochemistry
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Laboratory Work26
Reading Assigment25
Written assigments25
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative)
  • Report (Formative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Ντούγιας, Σ., Αϊβαζίδης, Α., Μελίδης, Π., "Περιβαλλοντική Μικροβιολογία" Έμβρυο, Αιγάλεω, 2012
Additional bibliography for study
Sylvia, D. et al., "Principles and applications of soil microbiology" Pearson-Prentice Hall, Upper Sanddle River, New Jersey, 2005. Madigan, M.T., Martinko, J.M., Parker, J., "Brock: Βιολογία των μικροοργανισμών, τομοι Ι και ΙΙ", Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης, 2005
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