Universität Wien FIND

300220 UE Algal culturing techniques and ecophysiological experiments (2019W)

10.00 ECTS (6.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work



max. 16 participants
Language: German, English



mandatory introduction Mo, 14.10.2019, 10.00 - 10.30 Seminar room Limnology, UZA1, Floor 3 between Spange 3 and 4
4 half-days during the winter term UE-Room 7 UZA1:
Mi, 4.12.2019, 13-17
Mi, 11.12.2019, 13-17
Fr, 17.1.2020, 9-13
Fr, 24.1.2020, 9-13
main course full-day from 3.2.-13.2.2020 UE-Room 5 (UZA1)


Aims, contents and method of the course

This exercise provides a practical introduction into sampling of microalgae from the field, cell isolation, preparation of growth media and cultivation of microalge.

With cultures prepared in the course, physiologal experiments will be conducted in the course block. Examples are P and N-incorporation, different light supply, resistance against salt and dessication).

Assessment and permitted materials

- seminar talk (20 %)
- Student activity (30 %)
- lab protocol (10 %)
- team report (40 %)

all partial performances must be positive to finish the course

Passed with more than 50% positive overall performance

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

- introduction into the industrial potential of microalgae
- introduction into single-cell isolation techniques
- introduction in cultivation methods for microalgae
- introduction into experimental design and handling of microorganisms
- interpretation of results
- scientific presenttation of results

Examination topics

- making capillar pipets
- techniques to isolate single cells
- methods of algal cultivation
- spectrophotometry
- oxygen measurements
- PAM-Fluorescence techniques

Reading list

will be provided via moodle

Association in the course directory

BBO 9, BOE 12, MBO 7, MEC-9, M-WZB

Last modified: We 30.10.2019 17:09