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ES 507 ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY                                                                                 (2L+1P) III

Objective
To impart theoretical and practical knowledge about defining the important microbes involved in environmental microbiology, methodologies used to monitor the microbes and their activities and the effects of these microbes in environmental microbiology

Theory

UNIT I
Environmental microbiology at the end of second millennium; environmental microbiology; International dimension

UNIT II
Environmental determinants governing the existence of microbes in the terrestrial; aquatic and extreme environments

UNIT III
Bioindicators – their relevance and utility in assessing/monitoring the degree/status of environmental degradation

UNIT IV
Microbial transport and bioaugmentation; biodegradation and bioremediation; biocorrosion and biofouling; microorganisms and metal pollutants

UNIT V
Microbial risk assessment of water and food; monitoring and molecular methods in Environmental Microbiology

UNIT VI
Emerging technologies in environmental microbiology and its application; bioreporters, biosensors, and microprobes; micobial fuel cell

UNIT VII
Intellectual property rights.

Practicals
Isolation and characterization of micro-organsims from environmental samples; Evaluation of environmental parameters that influences the microbial growth; Measurement of microbial activity in environmental samples; Substrate utilization patterns in environmental isolates; Measurement of biodegradation capacity of microorganisms; Soil enzyme assays; Extraction of quorum sensing molecules from plant pathogens; Detection of  quorum sensing molecules in Plant microbe interaction; Biofuel production from different substrates; Impact of radiation on soil biodiversity.

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