67132 - Microbial Biotechnologies

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences (cod. 8518)

Learning outcomes

Aim of the course is the knowledge of microbial ecosystems, of the main traditional and molecular techniques for microbial analysis, including -omics technologies, and of the main tests for control. The experimental methods will be acquired through lab exercises.

Course contents

Analysis of microbial communities by culture-dependent methods.

Analysis of microbial communities by culture-independent molecular methods.

Biotechnology, fermentation and microbial metabolism.

Selection, screening and genetic improvement of industrial microorganisms.

Industrial fermentation processes: batch, fed-batch and repeated fed-batch processes.

Industrial fermentation processes: continuous and continuous processes with recycling. 

Microbial bioconversions using enzymes and immobilized cells.

Industrial applications.

Microbes and microbiomes for bioremediation.

Sterilization: principles and methods.

Laboratory: microscopy, isolation and identification of microorganisms from environmental samples, extraction of genomic DNA from a bacterial culture, amplification, sequence analysis by comparison with databases, analysis of microbial communities.


Slides and notes taken during the lessons are essential for exam preparation. As a reference, the student can deepen the topics on the following texts:

Biotecnologie Microbiche. Stefano Donadio, Gennaro Marino. Casa Editrice Ambrosiana.

Microbiologia Sistematica, Ambientale ed Industriale. Prescott (2). McGraw-Hill.

Microbiologia Industriale. Matilde Manzoni. Casa Editrice Ambrosiana.

LABORATORY NOTES with the operational description of the experiences.

Teaching methods

The course consists of 6 CFU of which 4 CFU of lectures with the support of explanatory slides, and 2 CFU of laboratory exercises.

As concerns the teaching methods of this course unit, all students must attend Module 1, 2 [https://www.unibo.it/en/services-and-opportunities/health-and-assistance/health-and-safety/online-course-on-health-and-safety-in-study-and-internship-areas] online, while Module 3 on health and safety is to be attended in class. Information about Module 3 attendance schedule is available on the website of your degree programme.

Assessment methods

Oral exam in correspondence with the appeals fixed in the examination windows.

Teaching tools

PC, projector, laboratory experiences.

Office hours

See the website of Silvia Turroni


Good health and well-being Responsible consumption and production Life on land

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.