66759 - Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemical Cycles

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student has gained knowledge of the main energy metabolisms of marine microorganisms and the way they take part in the biogeochemical cycles. Furthermore, the student has reached a good knowledge of the role microorganisms play in the structuring of marine environments, particularly idrothermal vents and sediments.

Course contents

Introduction to marine microbiology. Microbial biodiversity: genetics, genomics, viruses. Biogeochemical cycles: carbon, nitrogen, sulphur and phosphorus. Microorganisms and climate. Marine sediments: structure and formation processes. Marine hydrothermal environments.


The list of readings will be given for each lecture.

Teaching methods

A 6 credits course, corresponding to 42 hours frontal lectures.

Assessment methods

Final written exam

Teaching tools

The teaching material will be available to the students in electronic format via internet.


Office hours

See the website of Roberto Borghese

See the website of Enrico Dinelli