911333 Soil microbiology course

Exercise course
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Zechmeister-Boltenstern, Sophie , Keiblinger, Katharina , Diaz-Pines, Eugenio , Strahlhofer, Matthias
Institute of Soil Research (IBF)
Offered in
Sommersemester 2018
Languages of instruction


We will work one day in the field on an experimental site in the Roalia mountains at the forest demonstration centre. We will collect gas samples from manual cuvettes and measure them on a gas chromatograph in the lab, in order to assess the microbial production of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane). Soil microbiological methods include microbial biomass Carbon (Cmic) and Nitrogen (Nmic), inorganic forms of nitrogen (ammonium and nitrate), reducing sugars, soil respiration via titration. The data are statistically evaluated, interpreted and presented as posters.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Students should gain a methodical insight into the field of soil microbiology. In this course students are forced to work independetly in small groups in the laboratory and they learn how to apply classical methods in soil microbiology. After successful completion, students are able to deal with soil microbiological data and to grasp microbial interrelations.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.