BIOL-2300 Microbiology - Theory

This course addresses the main characteristics of bacteria, protozoon, fungae and acellular organisms, as well as their importance in ecosystems, diversity and interactions. It reviews the origin and evolution of prokaryote and eukaryote organisms, as well as their current taxonomic organization based on molecular data. It addresses basic morphology, physiology and microbe genetics and physiology, exchange of genetic material, interesting groups of bacteria, fungae, and protists, ecology and extreme habitats. As regards acellular organisms, some relevant viruses are studied, as well as bacteriophages, viroids and prions. Likewise, industrial biotechnology and environmental microbiology aspects are reviewed. The course implies making presentations and holding discussions of articles on different topics, with special emphasis on those describing interactions established by microorganisms with other organisms.