mar600 - Profile Module Methods in Aquatic Microbial Ecology (Vollständige Modulbeschreibung)

mar600 - Profile Module Methods in Aquatic Microbial Ecology (Vollständige Modulbeschreibung)

Originalfassung Englisch PDF Download
Modulbezeichnung Profile Module Methods in Aquatic Microbial Ecology
Modulkürzel mar600
Kreditpunkte 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Einrichtungsverzeichnis Institut für Chemie und Biologie des Meeres (ICBM)
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Master Microbiology (Master) > Mastermodule
Zuständige Personen
  • Brinkhoff, Thorsten Henning (Modulberatung)

Skills to be acquired in this module

The students learn to…
- analyse bacterial substrates at ambient concentrations such as dissolved amino acids and carbohydrates by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).
- determine bacterial cell numbers by flow cytometry and epifluorescence microscopy and to analyse these data by image analysis.
- extract bacterial DNA from water and sediment samples.
- amplify bacterial genes by specific primers and PCR.
- assess bacterial communities by culture-independent methods such as denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis and next generation sequencing.
- present and discuss scientific results.
- write a scientific protocol.

The students gain competences in:
- Understanding how to analyse dissolved substrates of heterotrophic aquatic bacterial communities by state of the art approaches.
- How to assess the abundance of aquatic bacterial communities by state of the art approaches.
- Analysing the composition of bacterial communities by PCR-based culture-independent approaches.


The course starts with a lecture introducing basic issues of aquatic microbial ecology with an emphasis on methodological aspects. This lecture is completed before the practical work starts.

During the practical course of a block of two weeks the participants carry out analyses and experiments on:
determining the concentration of dissolved organic substrates (amino acids, carbohydrates)
the abundance of bacterial communities in aquatic systems
the composition of bacterial communities in environmental samples by 16S rRNA gene fragments.

The main emphasis is on analyses and approaches of bacterial communities in the water column.
Lecture notes, available on Stud.IP
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Dauer in Semestern 1 Semester
Angebotsrhythmus Modul annual
Aufnahmekapazität Modul unbegrenzt
Modulart Wahlpflicht / Elective
Modullevel AC (Aufbaucurriculum / Composition)
Lehr-/Lernform Block course, 2 weeks; practical course and seminar
Vorkenntnisse For the practical course lecture: Methods in Aquatic Microbial Ecology
Lehrveranstaltungsform Kommentar SWS Angebotsrhythmus Workload Präsenz
Seminar 1 WiSe 14
Übung 6 WiSe 84
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 98 h
Prüfung Prüfungszeiten Prüfungsform
Will be announced during the course.
One assessment of examination:
Portfolio: Protocol (100 %), seminar presentation (no mark)

Active participation: Active and documented participation in practical courses (labs, exercises, seminars, field trips) and courses. These include e.g. the delivery of exercises, writing a lab report or seminar presentations according to the advice of the course supervisor.