2018 Environmental Microbiology

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Life Science and Technology
Instructor(s)
Tanji Yasunori  Nakamura Satoshi  Wachi Masaaki  Hongoh Yuichi  Yatsunami Rie 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue1-2(J233,S223)  Fri1-2(J233,S223)  
Group
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Course number
LST.A503
Credits
2
Academic year
2018
Offered quarter
2Q
Syllabus updated
2018/3/20
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
English
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Course description and aims

Microorganisms living on earth are involved in the circulation of mass and energy on earth. Microorganisms express their own unique characteristics and functions depending on their environmental habitats, including natural environment, extreme environment, and internal environment of animals. Prof. Tanji provides analytical methods of microbial flora in environments and its practical application. Prof. Nakamura and Asoc. Prof. Yatsunami provide extremophiles, structures, and functions of enzymes produced by extremophiles. Prof. Wachi provides isolation and identification of soil microbes, and its application, including screening of antibiotics and bioremediation. Prof. Hongoh provides metagenomics and single-cell genomics of uncultured microbes.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. Understand the effect of material and energy circulation on the earth environment
2. Application of microbial functions on bioremediation, agriculture, and mass production
3. Understand the function and application of extremophiles
4. Understand how to analyze the structure and functions of environmental microbial communities

Keywords

Microbial flora, Wastewater treatment, Microbial corrosion, Pathogenic micoorganism, Extremophiles, Bioremediation, Uncultured microbes, Metagenomics

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

In the first half of the class, a summary of the previous lecture is given. In the latter half, the main points of the day’s lecture are discussed in detail. Students are recommended to check the required learning for each class as part of preparation and review.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Isolation and identification of soil microbes (At the end of the class, the lecturer will summarize the contents briefly in Japanese) Understand the methods of isolation and determination of soil microbes
Class 2 Screening of antibiotics (1) (At the end of the class, the lecturer will summarize the contents briefly in Japanese) Understand isolation and screening of antibiotics producing microbes
Class 3 Screening of antibiotics (2) (At the end of the class, the lecturer will summarize the contents briefly in Japanese) Understand isolation of antibiotics and its application
Class 4 Application of microorganisms in industry (At the end of the class, the lecturer will summarize the contents briefly in Japanese) Understand microbial fermentation
Class 5 Culture-independent analysis of uncultured microbes Explain how to analyze the community structure of uncultured microbiota
Class 6 Metagenomics and single-cell genomics Explain what are the metagenomics and single-cell genomics
Class 7 Functional analysis of uncultured gut microbes Explain the physiology and ecology of the gut microbiota
Class 8 Circulation of material and energy in surface of the earth Understanding of material and energy balance between reservoirs and effects on the environment
Class 9 Dynamic models of ecosystem Understanding of population dynamics in the ecosystem
Class 10 Wastewater treatment process and microbiologically influenced corrosion Understanding of mechanism and process of wastewater treatment, and microbiologically influenced corrosion
Class 11 Pathogenic microbes and its control Students must be able to recognize the variation pathogenic microbes and their control
Class 12 Introduction; Thermophiles, alkaliphiles and their enzymes (At the end of the class, the lecturer will summarize the contents briefly in Japanese) Explain the thermotolerant and alkalitolerant mechanisms of thermophiles, alkaliphiles and their enzymes
Class 13 Organic solvent-tolerant microbes and their applications(At the end of the class, the lecturer will summarize the contents briefly in Japanese) Explain the Organic solvent-tolerant mechanism of organic solvent-tolerant microbes and their applications
Class 14 Piezophiles and their enzymes Explain the piezotolerant mechanisms of piezophiles and their enzymes
Class 15 Halophiles and their enzymes(At the end of the class, the lecturer will summarize the contents briefly in Japanese) Explain the halotolerant mechanisms of halophiles and their enzymescontrol

Textbook(s)

None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Brock Biology of Microorganisms (14th edition)
Handouts will be distributed at the beginning of class when necessary and elaborated on using PowerPoint slides.

Assessment criteria and methods

Reports or exams by each instructor.

Related courses

  • LST.A345 : Microbiology
  • LST.A336 : Genetic Engineering
  • LST.A208 : Molecular Biology I
  • LST.A213 : Molecular Biology II

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses is desirable.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Yasunori Tanji (ytanji[at]bio.titech.ac.jp, 5763), Stoshi Nakamura (snakamur[at]bio.titech.ac.jp, 5765), Masaaki Wachi (mwachi[at]bio.titech.ac.jp, 5770), Yuichi Hongoh (yhongo[at]bio.titech.ac.jp, 2865)

Office hours

Students may approach the instructors at the end of class or visit their offices upon securing an appointment through e-mail.

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