Freshwater microbiology

Course Objective: The goal of this course is to understand the role of microorganisms in the freshwater ecosystems and their importance in monitoring of water quality of different freshwater environments.

Course Outcome: After successfully completed the pre-examination and examination commitments student can describe the dynamic activities of freshwater microbes in different environmental systems including lakes, rivers and wetlands; to predict microbial response to eutrophication, as well as environmental consequences associated with nutrient increase. Students will be able to recognize and use the most important microbiological indicator groups in assessment of degree of deterioration of freshwater environments.


Sigee, D. (2005): Freshwater Microbiology. John Wiley and Sons Ltd. England.

Markert, B.A., Breure, A.M., Zechmeister, H.G. (2003) Bioindicators & Biomonitors Principles, Concepts and Applications. Elsevier Science Ltd. ISBN 0–08–044177–7 (selected chapters)

Maier R.M., Pepper I.L., Gerba Ch.P. (2000): Environmental microbiology. Academic press, London UK. (selected chapters)

Marylynn V. Yates, Cindy H. Nakatsu, Robert V. Miller, Suresh D. Pillai (2016): Manual of Environmental Microbiology, Fourth Edition. ISBN : 9781555816025 (selected chapters)

Petrović O., Gajin S., Matavulj M., Radnović D., Svirčev Z. (1998): Microbiological investigation of surface water quality. Institute of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad.

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