2019-2020 / OCEA0095-1

Marine bacteriology


15h Th, 30h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in oceanography (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Mathieu Poulicek

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

After a short review of basic "general" microbiology, I describe, according to the most recent data, the biodiversity of marine microorganisms and the methods used to access information about marine bacteria (techniques, marine environment specificity, biomass, internal and external control of bacteria metabolism, metabolic potentials, N, C, P and S cycles ...). The course also reviews some very special microbiocenoses mainly focussed on symbiosis (hydrothermal vents microbiocenoses and bacterial symbiosis in coral reefs).

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To give an integrated scheme of bacterial impact in the ocean functioning

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Bases of microbiology are quickly reviewed at the begin of the course.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Biomass estimations by several approaches, metabolic activities characterization, use of specific simulation softwares.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

5 times 3 hours (theory), 5 days practicals

Recommended or required readings

French written syllabus.
Reference book : "Microbial Ecology of the oceans", D.L. Kirchman, Ed. Wiley-Liss Inc.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam with notes (2 questions).

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Mathieu Poulicek - Tél 04 366 50 67 - Email: mpoulicek@ulg.ac.be