Pollution and Microbiology 4327


After completing the course, the students should have the following qualification regarding knowledge, skills, and general competence:

  • Knowledge about the importance of surfaces for chemical and microbial processes.
  • Ability to explain transport, retardation and degradation mechanisms of pollutants in the ground.
  • Familiarity with important organic and inorganic pollutants and their transformations in the ground.
  • An appreciation of the complexity and diversity of microbial life in normal and extreme environments.
  • Ability to explain the manner of the evolution of new metabolic functions.
  • Ability to understand the challenges to and limitations of microbial manipulation in bioremediation.
  • Ability to participate in planning and implementing projects that include understanding and management of microbiological and pollution related aspects.


Within the field of environmental microbiology the following matters will be addressed:

  • Three-phase, multi-phase systems and surface chemistry in the ground
  • Transport of pollutants in the ground
  • Important organic and inorganic pollutants in the ground
  • The fundamental divisions and subdivision of microbial life
  • Trophic strategies
  • The genetic and biochemical diversity and variability of microbes
  • Microbial communities
  • Microbiological inactivation, sequestration and potentiation of pollutants
  • Examples of bioremediation in practice.

Arbeids- og læringsformer

The main topics will be covered in lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratory work (obligatory).


The final grade (A-F) will be based on a final written exam (5 hours).

Approved attendance at the laboratory course is required for the examination result to be approved.

Minor adjustments may occur during the academic year, subject to the approval of the Dean

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Publisert av / forfatter Andrew Jenkins <Andrew.JenkinsSPAMFILTER@hit.no>,Live Semb Vestgarden <Live.S.VestgardenSPAMFILTER@hit.no>, sist oppdatert av Anette Norheim Fredly - 17.12.2014