Subject: Microbiotechnology

Scientific Area:

Biology and Biochemistry


64 Hours

Number of ECTS:




Overall objectives:

1 - Know the importance and usefulness of microorganisms in food production.
2 - Know the main products and industrial processes that depend on the use of microorganisms.
3 - Know the main groups of microorganisms used in industrial processes, namely in agriculture and food production.
4 - Understand the importance of the nutritional requirements of microorganisms in the formulation of culture media and their application in industrial processes.
5 - Acquire knowledge about monitoring and growth factors of microorganisms in batch, semi-batch and continuous systems.
6 - Develop active learning skills.
7 - Desenvolver capacidades para interpretar, avaliar, decidir e intervir responsavelmente em situações relacionadas com a futura actividade profissional.
8 - Desenvolver e demonstrar iniciativa, autonomia e hábitos de trabalho.


1 - Introduction to Microbiotechnology and biological processes;
2 - Microorganisms with industrial applications: desirable characteristics;
3 - Nutritional requirements of microorganisms and formulation of culture media;
4 - Types of industrial fermentation;
5 - Batch, semi-batch and continuous microbial growth systems;
6 - Application of microorganisms in the food industry;
7 - Application of microorganisms in agriculture.


Joanne Willey , 2016 , Prescott?s Microbiology- , McGraw-Hill Education
Jacquelyn G. Black, Laura J. Black , 2015 , Microbiology_ Principles and Explorations , Wiley
Michael T Madigan_ Kelly S Bender_ Daniel Hezekiah Buckley_ W Matthew Sattley_ David Allan Stahl , 2019 , Brock Biology of Microorganisms , Pearson
Uma Shankar Singh_ Kiran Kapoor , 2010 , Microbial Biotechnology , Oxford Book Company, India
Bhukya, Bhima_ Tangutur, Anjana Devi , 2015 , Microbial biotechnology_ technological challenges and developmental trends , Apple Academic Press

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
The aim is to acquire and apply the knowledge foreseen in the course?s objectives and syllabus contents. through an active and interdisciplinary methodology. The student should learn the basic concepts and know-how to relate them to each other, proceeding with their reinforcement, through applied learning with resources and available tools. The evaluation will include several moments of evaluation applied to the theoretical-practical components, laboratory practices and field work (e.g. frequencies, works and reports), any of the elements cannot exceed a weighting of 50%. the theoretical-practical elements can be retrieved in resource.