Algae Biotechnology

NAME OF THE COURSE Algae Biotechnology

Code

KTM208

Year of study

2.

Course teacher

Credits (ECTS)

4.0

Associate teachers

Type of instruction (number of hours)

P S V T

30

0

15

0

Status of the course

Mandatory

Percentage of application of e-learning

0 %

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Course objectives

- introduction in the basics of systematics, biology and ecology of marine algae
- introduction in significance and ways of using algae in biotechnology research and the biotech industry
- presentation of possibilities of exploitation and production of algae significant in biotechnology

Course enrolment requirements and entry competences required for the course

Basics of biology and/or cell biology

Learning outcomes expected at the level of the course (4 to 10 learning outcomes)

Upon successful completion of this course, students should:
- know the basics of systematics, biology and ecology of marine algae
- have knowledge in biology and biotechnological uses of the most important algae genera
- know ways of usage of algae in biotech research and the biotech industry including uses as a green fertilizer, green insecticides, as food for humans and animals, for breeding and use of live food in aquaculture, medicine, specialized chemicals, bioremediation and biofuels
- know the technology of growing algae for a variety of commercial applications
- know the possibilities for exploitation and production of biotechnological significant algae

Course content broken down in detail by weekly class schedule (syllabus)

Week 1: Introduction. Systematics. Anatomy.
Week 2: Reproduction. Photosynthesis.
Week 3: Systematic division: Cyanobacteria or Cyanophyta
Week 4: Systematic division: Cyanobacteria or Cyanophyta
Week 5: Systematic division: Rhodophyta
Week 6: Systematic division: Ochrophyta
Week 7: Systematic division: Chlorophyta
Week 8: Ecology.
Week 9: Biogeochemical role of algae. The importance of algae
I knowledge test
Week 10: The industrial use of micro and macro algae: green fertilizers, green insecticides, food for humans and animals,
Week 11: The industrial use of micro and macro algae: cultivation and use of live food in aquaculture, pharmaceuticals, specialized chemicals, bioremediation, biofuels
Week 12: Technology of cultivation. Growing main genera of cultivating algae. Types of culture.
Week 13: Breeding parameters. Farming methods. Determination of the density and growth of algae.
14th week: Optimization of production systems. Open systems of cultivation.
15th week: A closed photo-bioreactors. Genetic modification.
II knowledge test
Exercises:
Getting acquainted with the work, sampling and processing in a laboratory; Collection of phytobenthic material and its identification by available literature and by microscope; Microscopy of different systematic divisions of Cyanobacteria, Rodophyta, Ochrophyta and Chlorophyta and learning about the habitus morphology, basics of anatomy and reproducting structures; Drying and chemical analysis of algae; Isolation, purification and identification of bioactive compounds from algae.

Format of instruction:

Student responsibilities

Active participation in all activities: lectures, consultations, searching the literature and exercises at least 85%.

Screening student work (name the proportion of ECTS credits for eachactivity so that the total number of ECTS credits is equal to the ECTS value of the course):

Class attendance

0.5

Research

0.5

Practical training

0.0

Experimental work

1.0

Report

0.0

 

 

Essay

0.0

Seminar essay

0.0

 

 

Tests

0.0

Oral exam

0.0

 

 

Written exam

2.0

Project

0.0

 

 

Grading and evaluating student work in class and at the final exam

Exams are conducted through written preliminary exams (tests) through the duration of the semester and during exam periods. The difference in taking exams exists only to the extent of material. Tests consist of complex questions in which each sub-question carries a certain part of the points. For a positive evaluation is necessary to solve more than 50% of correct answers. Passed 1st Colloquium allows exit to the second colloquium, while the failure of the 1st Colloquium is directing students for taking the test from the whole curriculum.

Required literature (available in the library and via other media)

Title

Number of copies in the library

Availability via other media

L. Barsanti, P. Gualtieri: Algae – Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Biotechnology, CRC Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton, 2006.

0

DA

S. K. Kim: Handbook of Marine Macroalgae, Biotechnology and Applied Phycology, Pukyong National University, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, 2012.

0

DA

FAO, Manual on the production and use of live food for aquaculture, Rome,1996.

0

DA

Optional literature (at the time of submission of study programme proposal)

R. E. Lee: Phycology. Cambridge University Press, Fourth edition, Cambridge. 2008.
C. Van den Hoek, D. G. Mann, H. M. Jahns: Algae. An Introduction to Phycology. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1995.

Quality assurance methods that ensure the acquisition of exit competences

Quality assurance will be performed at three levels:
(1) University Level;
(2) Faculty Level by Quality Control Committee;
(3) Lecturer’s Level.

Other (as the proposer wishes to add)