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
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.
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