INTER-EnAgro Agribusiness and Rural Development Agricultural Engineering Amelioration Mechanization Agroecology Agroecology Microbial Biotechnology in Agriculture Animal Genetics and Breeding Animal Nutrition and Feed Science Fisheries and Game Management Horticulture Fruit Growing Ornamental Plants Vegetable Growing Viticulture and enology Landscape Architecture Organic Agriculture with Agrotourism Phytomedicine Plant Sciences Production and Procesing of Meat Production and Processing of Milk

Microbial Biotechnology in Agriculture

1. SEMESTER

ECTS Compulsory course
=> Required number of ECTS credits: 30
Teach. hrs
3 Ecophysiology (26168)
Milan Poljak
30
(25+0+5)
3 Soil physics (144074)
Mario Sraka
30
(15+9+6)
6 Fertilizers and fertilization (144075)
Tomislav Karažija
60
(48+8+4)
3 Soil chemistry (144076)
Aleksandra Bensa
30
(14+14+2)
6 Microbial ecology (169416)
Mirna Mrkonjić Fuka
60
(45+10+5)
6 Basics of biometrics (144079)
Marija Pecina
60
(30+18+12)
3 Soil genesis (144077)
Stjepan Husnjak
30
(14+8+8)

2. SEMESTER

ECTS Compulsory course
=> Required number of ECTS credits: 20
Teach. hrs
2 Master Thesis - Seminar (160350) 20
(++20)
6 Beneficial associations of plants and microorganisms (144083)
Sanja Sikora
60
(40+6+14)
3 Laboratory methods and data management (116618)
Marija Romić
30
(14+14+2)
6 Microbial diversity of natural and anthropogenic ecological systems (144082)
Sanja Sikora
60
(42+6+12)
3 Rhizosphere ecology (26433)
Milan Poljak
30
(25+0+5)
ECTS Elective course: Grupa 1 (14445)
=> Required number of ECTS credits:
Teach. hrs
6 The European union and the common agricultural policy (26190)
Ramona Franić
60
(24+8+28)
6 Use and conservation of water resources (144081)
Davor Romić
60
(34+22+4)
6 Marketing in agriculture (132889)
Damir Kovačić
60
(41+0+19)
6 Food microbiology (26663)
Mirna Mrkonjić Fuka
60
(44+16+0)
6 Molecular methods in microbial agroecology (116622)
Mirna Mrkonjić Fuka
60
(30+28+2)
6 Soil systematic (144080)
Stjepan Husnjak
60
(34+19+7)
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3. SEMESTER

ECTS Compulsory course
=> Required number of ECTS credits: 6
Teach. hrs
3 Traineeship - Agroecology/Microbial biotechnology in agriculture (144316) 0
(++)
3 Professional project - Agroecology/Microbial biotechnology in agriculture (144317) 0
(++)
ECTS Elective course: Grupa 2 (14446)
=> Required number of ECTS credits:
Teach. hrs
6 Bacteriology and mycology in biotechnology (98343)
Mihaela Blažinkov
60
(44+4+12)
6 Energetic utilization of biomass and biofuel in agriculture 2 (144089)
Neven Voća
60
(44+12+4)
3 English language 2 (144579)
Tina Kužić
30
(15+15+0)
6 Global ecology (144071)
Željka Zgorelec
60
(26+14+20)
3 GMOs in food production (26211)
Ivan Krešimir Svetec
30
(20+0+10)
6 Management of environmentally sensitive areas (26621)
Aleksandra Perčin
60
(34+14+12)
6 Plant nutrition and food quality (157082)
Mirjana Herak Ćustić
60
(40+14+6)
6 Remediation and restoration of damaged soils (169413)
Ivica Kisić
60
(34+22+4)

4. SEMESTER

ECTS Compulsory course
=> Required number of ECTS credits: 28
Teach. hrs
28 Master Thesis - Agroecology/Microbial Biotechnology in Agriculture (169277) 0
(++)
ECTS Elective course: Grupa 5 (14447)
=> Required number of ECTS credits:
Teach. hrs
3 Laboratory methods in food microbiology (132895)
Lidija Kozačinski
30
(10+14+6)
3 Applied data analysis (144099)
Marija Pecina
30
(14+8+8)

Objective

The contemporary concept of increasing agricultural productivity in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way is not possible without exploitation of natural microbial processes. The study programme Microbial Biotechnology in Agriculture enables students to acquire both fundamental and applied knowledge and skills from various disciplines of microbiology and related areas in order to ensure students understanding of new scientific knowledge and active participation in application of this knowledge to various fields of agricultural production and environmental protection.

The objective is to enable students to participate in various scientific and professional research activities related to application of the latest scientific findings of microbial biotechnology in the field of plant and animal production and protection and quality control of soil as an irreplaceable natural resource. Thereby, it is important to develop the ability to integrate knowledge from different scientific disciplines thus enable students to understand and evaluate more complex areas in the modern microbial biotechnology.

Upon completion of the study, graduates will be able to continue education at the postgraduate study level. Considering the interdisciplinary study concept, students will be qualified to work in microbiological laboratories on determination and monitoring of microbial soil component status and transformations, to work in monitoring services and in microbiological food control laboratories as well as for jobs involving organization and control of microbial biotechnological processes in the industry and on family farms.

Learning outcomes

Agroecology                              
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
1st semester
Ecophysiology +         +     + +         +
Soil physics +     +     + +           + +
Fertilizers and fertilization +   +       + +           +  
Soil chemistry     + +     + +         +    
Microbial ecology     + + + +     + +         +
Basics of biometrics             +     + +       +
Soil genesis +     +     +             + +
2nd semester
Master Thesis – Seminar           +     + +   +     +
Beneficial associations of plants and microorganisms   +     + + +     +         +
Laboratory methods and data management +   + +   +   +         + + +
Microbial diversity of natural and anthropogenic ecological systems +     + +     +           +
Rhizosphere ecology +             + +       + + +
3rd semester
Traineeship  +   + + +   + +     + +   + +
Professional project  +   + + +   + +     + +   + +
4th semester
Master Thesis  + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
  1. Define the characteristics of soil and water resources and their rational usage, as well as the use of new technologies in agriculture, waste management and environmental protection.
  2. Identify and critically judge the role of microbial biotechnology in the modern development of the sustainable agriculture concept.
  3. Explain causes and threats of soil degradation and environmental pollution from agricultural sources, as well as revitalisation possibilities of degraded soils by amelioration measures and/or application of microbial soil component.
  4. Analyse the effects of physical, chemical and biological processes on the genesis and development of pedosphere.
  5. Evaluate the role of microorganisms and their metabolic processes in classical and modern biotechnology and the possibility of their application in creating new biotechnology products.
  6. Explain the role of the most important microbial processes in soil quality preservation, environmental protection and production of various fermented products.
  7. Apply the field and analytical procedures for the identification of different soil types and interpret soil properties. Explain the analytical procedures for the isolation and identification of microorganisms from different environments (soil, water, plant material, food).
  8. Develop and recommend plans for agricultural land and water management, as well as the environmental protection programmes.
  9. Explain the role and interactions in microbial communities in the environment and in food production and preservation as well as the impact of environmental conditions and anthropogenic effects on their structure and function.
  10. Estimate the meaning and importance of the exploitation of beneficial associations of plants and microorganisms in sustainable agriculture and environmental protection.
  11. Conduct the control of microbiological food safety as well as various microbiological preparations that are used as auxiliary means for soil improvement and to recommend the type and method of their application in specific agro-ecological conditions.
  12. Integrate different methods of molecular microbiology in order to understand the latest developments in this field and to interpret the results of microbiological tests of food, soil and water.
  13. Create and manage scientific and applied research in the field of agroecology.
  14. Recommend ways and methods of permanently sustainable use of soil and water, in relation to agriculture and other activities in order to preserve soil and water from degradation.
  15. Develop independent learning and lifelong learning skills.