Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course is designed to provide a multidisciplinary approach (chemical, molecular biology, taxonomic) for a real understanding of biological and evolutionary processes in the bacteria sector.
The course provides an understanding of the main phenomena that take place in the world of micro-organisms.
It allows the student to define some problems and solutions necessary for acquiring the knowledge for understanding the main phenomena involved in the biological processes of bacteria.
Course contents summary
micro-organisms and their natural environment
Amino acids and peptide bond
Cell structure and function
Cell membrane and wall
Surface structures and cell inclusions in prokaryotes
Nutrition and culture
Oxidoreduction and high energy compounds
Main catabolic pathways, electron transport and proton motive force
Catabolic diversity and review of biosynthesis
Environmental parameters that influence microbial development
Introduction to genes and gene expression
Classical and molecular taxonomy
Main microbial groups
Yeast and fungi
M. Madigan, J.M. Marimko, J. Parker. Brock. Biologia dei Microrganismi. Casa Editrice Ambrosiana
J.J. Perry, J.T. Staley, S. Lory. Microbiologia. Zanichelli
Audio-visual teaching material is used in the lectures. At the end of the course the knowledge acquired by the candidate will be tested by means of an oral examination.