Study programmes / B-PPR Plant Protection / Agricultural Microbiology
Course code:ZEMI
Course title in language of instruction:Zemědělská mikrobiologie
Course title in Czech:Zemědělská mikrobiologie
Course title in English:Agricultural Microbiology
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (6 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 2/2
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:bachelor
Semester:WS 2019/2020 - FA
Name of lecturer:Ing. Michaela Stroblová, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
Ing. Ivan Tůma, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
Ing. Jaroslav Záhora, CSc. (instructor, supervisor)
Prerequisites:Soil Science 1 or Soil Science
Aims of the course:The aim of the course is to introduce students to basic characteristics of microorganisms (morphology, cytology, metabolism), their ecologies and importance for life cycles in the nature, for plants growing, animal husbandry and processing of plant and animal products.
Course contents:
1.Course characteristics and its historical development (allowance 0/0)
2.Basic characteristics of microorganisms (allowance 0/0)
a.Chemical composition of microorganisms, morphology, cytology, genetics of microorganisms
Growth and reproduction ways of microorganisms.
Metabolism of microorganisms (catabolic and anabolic processes)

3.Ecology of microorganisms (allowance 0/0)
a.Impact of abiotic factors and their use in protection against undesirable microorganisms
Inter-relationships among microorganisms, plants and animals, microbial detoxication of extraneous substances in the environment.

4.Microbiology of the basic components of the environment (water, air, soil) (allowance 0/0)
5.The role of microorganisms for the cycle of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and sulphur in the nature with a special focus on agrosystems. (allowance 0/0)
a.Soil fertility and soil fatigue.

6.Microflora of organic fertilizers and feed (allowance 0/0)
a.Importance of microorganisms for agricultural production and commercial composts
Use of microbial preparates, enzymes, and secondary metabolites in agricultural practice

7.Soil fertility and soil fatigue (allowance 0/0)
8.The use of microbial preparations, enzymes and secondary metabolites in agricultural practice (allowance 0/0)

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-general knowledge
-professional knowledge
-science and research skills

Specific competences:
-Ability to use knowledge of activities of microorganisms and their interactions with plants and animals
-Knowledge of basic groups of microorganisms and their living activities.
-Knowledge of basic characteristics of microbial biofilms
-Knowledge of specific symptoms of microbial metabolism.
-Orientation in the interactions between prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms especially among microorganisms and plants
-Students are able to use and apply knowledge of microorganisms in the field of plant care

Type of course unit:required
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:Course credit: (requirements -- equivalent presence in seminars, prepared protocol from each seminar, final seminary credit test -- minimum at least 60% corrects answers). Preparation of the final semester project. Credit is compulsory for final exam participation.
Examination: writing preparation and oral exam (duration of 30 minutes in total) consist of 4 questions from separate thematic fields. Precondition for passing the subject - to answer each of the questions at least with mark "E".
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture28 h
     practice28 h
     preparation for exam64 h
     preparation for regular assessment6 h
     preparation for regular testing10 h
     elaboration of reports20 h
     elaboration and execution of projects8 h
     writing of seminar paper4 h
Total168 h

Recommended reading list
  • AMBROŽ, Z. Mikrobiologie: Obecná část. 3rd ed. Brno: VŠZ, 1991. 100 p.
  • BROCK, T. Biology of Microorganisms. -: Prentice Hall, 2000.
  • Poĺnohospodárska mikrobiológia. 1st ed. Bratislava: Príroda, 1987. 432 p.
  • ŠROUBKOVÁ, E. Zemědělská mikrobiologie: (speciální část pro fytotechnický obor). 1st ed. Brno: Vysoká škola zemědělská, 1991. 73 p.