Microbial biotechnologies applied to plant production

A.Y. 2017/2018
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course will provide to the students current knowledge about the state of the art and developing perspectives about microbial biotechnologies in promotion of plant growth and soil fertility. Environmental biotechnologies applied to the disposal of agricultural waste biomasses will be also outlined. Practical lessons will allow the students to learn the experimental methodologies applied to the research of new plant growth promoting bacteria.
Expected learning outcomes
The course will provide knowledge tools for the evaluation of potentials and limits of the application of microbial biotechnologies for plant production.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Role of microorganisms in soil formation, fertility maintenance and cycle of organic matter. Soil microbiota, rhizosphere, phyllosphere
Association between plants and microorganisms: mycorrhizic and attinorrhizic simbiosis, nitrogen fixiation and nitrogen fixing simbiosis
Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria: i) microbial mechanisms of direct plant promotion, biostimulation and biofertilisation, ii) microbial mechanisms of indirect plant promotion, antagonistic microorganisms, symbiotic control of detrimental insects or vectors of phytopathologies. Microbial inoculants: production, field application, agronomical effects
Microbial biotechnologies for plant biomass transformation and disposal: silage, anaerobic digestion, sludge treatment. Soil bioremediation
Microbial identification and study of environmental microbial communities, microbial ecology methods: molecular microbial ecology
Teaching methods
¿Microbiologia agroambientale¿, a cura di Biavati & Sorlini. 2008 Ed. Casa Editrice Ambrosiana ¿Microrganismi benefici per le piante¿, a cura di M. Iaccarino. 2006 Ed. Idelson-Gnocchi Appunti delle lezioni
AGR/16 - AGRICULTURAL MICROBIOLOGY - University credits: 6
Laboratories: 8 hours
Lessons: 44 hours
every day by appointment
DeFENS, via Mangiagalli 25, Milano - room 3023