66759 - Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemical Cycles

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


Academic Year 2020/2021

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 and sulphur. Microorganisms and climate. Marine sediments: structure and formation processes. Marine hydrothermal environments.


The listof readingswill be given for each lecture.

Teaching methods

A 6 credits course, corresponding to 42 hours frontal or on-line lectures, depending on the Covid-19 pandemic.,

Assessment methods

Final written exam.

Teaching tools

All the teaching material will be available to the students.


Office hours

See the website of Roberto Borghese

See the website of Enrico Dinelli