Microbial ecology of agroecosystems

Subject description

· Microorganisms and nutrient cycling (C,        N, S, P, Fe, Mn, O, H, Si, Ca, Hg, Cr, Pb, Zn, Cu).

· Biodegradation of plant material.

· Microbial ecology of rhyzo and phylosphere.

· Symbiotic interactions between microbes and plants (mycorrhize, nitrogen fixation).

Microbial communities in different agroecosystems.

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

Student understands the essential role that microorganisms play in functioning of different agroecosystems. Student is able to exploit microorganims in agricultural production.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and seminar adjusted to student needs. In agreeament with the lecture student may decide to do practical or theoretical seminar.

Expected study results

Student understands functioning of plant-microbe system in rhizosphere and filosphere. Understands biogeochemical cycling of elements, biodegradation and how this influences plant nutrition. Understands in detail the processs of mycorrhizae and biological nitrogen fixation.

Basic sources and literature

  • Soil microbiology, ecology, and biochemistry / editor, Eldor A. Paul. — 3rd ed. 2007, Academic Press
  • Microbial Ecology: Fundamentals and applications Atlas R.M. and Bartha R., 4th ed. 1998
  • Mycorrhizal Symbiosis, S.E. Smith, D.J. Read – 3rd ed. 2008, Academic Press
  • Soil Ecology and Ecosystem Services (izbrana poglavja) / editor, Wall D.H. 2012, Oxford University Press
  • revijalni članki s področja

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