Content – Aim of the course
This course aims to introduce the fundamentals of Environmental Biotechnology. The course will introduce to the students the major groups of microorganisms-tools in biotechnology and their most important environmental applications. A lecture will focus on the presentation of the role of microorganisms in the geochemical cycles of the most important elements in nature like C, N, P, S, FE and other metals. The environmental applications of biotechnology will be presented in detail and will be supported by examples from the national and international literature. Such environmental applications of biotechnology include: bioremediation of natural resources, production of biofuels (biogas, bioethanol, biohydrogen), applications in agriculture, applications in the paper and plastic industry as well as in other industrial processes in order to promote processes minimizing environmental deterioration. The theory of the course is accompanied by a series of practical sessions which aim to introduce to the students the use of basic microbiological, molecular and analytical methods which are extensively used in environmental biotechnology.