Subject description

The following contents will be presented and discussed:

Fungi as environmental indicators. Ecology of mycoremediation. Fungal metabolisms and their biodegradable potential for waste impregnated wood, pesticides and others toxic chemicals. The importance of fungi and fungal enzymes in waste management on landfills, wastewaters as well as pulp and paper industry. Fungal decolourization and degradation of dyes, including melamine on cultural heritage.

Decomposition of plastic, fuels, residues of explosives and other synthetic waste materials.

Mycorrhizal fungi in rhizosphere remediation.

Application of fungi in biosorption and bioaccumulation of heavy metals.

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

Students will get deeper insight into environment research problems which he or she will upgrade in her/his doctoral thesis. The contents are not intended to extensively deepen the theoretical knowledge but should introduce specific problems, indicate methods and techniques with which can be addressed the environmental problems. Students should get familiar with previous research in the field of their doctoral thesis.

Teaching and learning methods

Frontal ex-cathedra teaching and preparation and supervision of Journal clubs; preparation of problem seminars, discussion and consultation. Assessment and correction of problem tasks. Individual study with consultation.

Expected study results

Knowledge and understanding:

Such an approach should result in the proper planning of research experiments which can test the hypotheses raised in the doctoral thesis.


Basic sources and literature

Vedder P.J.C. and Van den Munckhof-Vedder M., 2020: Modern mushroom growing 2020 harvesting. P.J.C. Vedder, Dublin. ISBN: 978-1-7352413, 691 str.

Kavanagh K., 2017: Fungi: Biology and Applications. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. Print ISBN: 9781119374329/Online ISBN: 9781119374312, 392 str.

Xu Fang X. and Qu Y., 2018, Fungal Cellulolytic Enzymes – Microbial Production and Application, Springer Singapore, ISBN-13: 978-981-13-0748-5, 282 str.

Polizeli T.M. and Rai M., 2013: Fungal Enzymes. CRC Press London, ISBN: 978-1-4665-9454-8, 445 str.

Singh H., 2006: MYCOREMEDIATION – Fungal Bioremediation. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. ISBN-13: 978-0-471-75501-2, 592 str.

Aktualni pregledni in znanstveni članki s področja okolja/ Current review and scientific articles in the field of the environment

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