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Microorganisms Ecology - Practical student course

Assoc. Prof. Dr. habil. Matthias Labrenz led a practical student course at the University of Klaipeda. The course took place from 05.03.2018 until the 16.03.2018 with 10 participants and the supervisors Dr. Aurelija Samuiloviene, Dr. Marija Katarzyte, Greta Gyraite, Donata Overlingė.

Topics taught were

  • core concepts and evolution of microorganisms, molecules and origins of life
  • characteristics of communities and diversity
  • study of individual microorganisms
  • bacterial isolation comprising classical identification methods and molecular identification methods
  • cloning, PCR, 16S rRNA gene fingerprints, phylogeny
  • growth and feeding, cultivation
  • fundamentals of microbial population ecology
  • microbes and processing nutrients
  • microbes and processes

The programme included field work, laboratory work, lectures, student presentations and interactive group work.