Soil Microbiology


Basic knowledge of Soil Microbiology, including the organisms, their activities and the methods used.


The course requires basic knowledge of biology, chemistry and soil science.

Learning Outcomes

1. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to recognize and understand the activities of soil microorganisms and how they interact with the soil environment 2. The course will introduce students to soil microorganisms, who they are, what they look like, what they do and how they interact with each-other. 3. Familiarize students with the methods used to study soil microorganism and their activities


Soil Microorganisms Introduction.The soil habitat. Soil microorganisms – Bacteria and Archaea Fungi and algae. Other microorganisms Microbial interactions. Mycorrhizal Symbioses Microbial Transformations Microbial metabolism- Redox reactions Carbon cycle. Nitrogen cycle. Nitrogen cycle – N fixation Phosphorus and Sulfur cycle. Other elements Techniques Quantification and culture of bacteria and fungi Microbial biomass and diversity Enzymes in soil, Microscopy.

Content Delivery

PowerPoint presentations.

Coursework And Assignment Details

There will be one assignment which will count as 25% of the final grade, and three daily assignments which will count for 15%. The assignment will be a 1-2 page summary of a scientific paper or presentation related to soil microbiology that the students will select from a list given by the instructor. The students should note the structure, summarize the major points and write the general conclusion - the “take home message”. The daily assignments will be up to 500 words answers to questions related to the subjects discussed in class and research or review papers