Basic microbiological processes for environmental protection

Type of instruction






Recommended in

Semesters 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

The lectures familiarize the audience with the metabolic processes and other activities and effects of microbes, which exert an influence on the status of the environment. This is followed by the review of the principles of environmental (microbial) biotechnological processes (bio stimulation, bio augmentation, bio accumulation, immobilized enzyme- and cell technologies), and the two fundamental and classical environmental biotechnologies, namely composting, and biological water/sewage/sludge treatment. At the end, the conditions, and (biological) safety issues of the „in situ”, on site”, „ex situ” and combined remediation processes are discussed based on case studies. The environmental (bio)analytical techniques frequently used in the pollution assessment and are required to help planning, control, and follow-up of remediation processes will evidently be covered.

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  • Borsodi, A., Márialigeti, K. 2015. Mire képesek a baktériumok? A prokarióták vilkágáról tanároknak. ELTE Természettudományi Kar, Budapest, pp. 148.

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  • Márialigeti. K. (szerk.) 2013. A prokarióták világa. ELTE Természettudományi Kar, Budapest, pp. 592.

  • Ottow, J.C.G., Bidlingmaier, W. 1997. Umweltbiotechnologie. G. Fischer, Stuttgart, pp. 358.

  • Tóth, E., Márialigeti, K. (2013): Practical microbiology. Eötvös University, Budapest, pp. 223.