Course code MVI321

MVI321 Fermentation Microbiology

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Course responsible: Hilde Marit Østlie
Teachers: Cyril Alexander Frantzen, Ekaterina Avershina, Zhian Salehian, Sabina Leanti La Rosa, Linda Jean Gordon Hjeljord
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:

Minimum 5, maximum 32 students.

Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block, .
Course frequency: Annually.
First time: Study year 2004-2005
Preferential right:
Course contents:

The following topics are covered both theoretically and practically by lectures and laboratory exercises:

1) Systematics for bacteria, yeast and mould that are used in the food industry.

2) Metabolism, stability / instability, bacteriophage problems.

3) Production, control and maintenance of cultures for fermentation purposes.

Learning outcome:

Students will gain knowledge and laboratory skills on identification, characterization and maintenance of microbiological cultures for fermentation purposes. Students will be familiar with the use of bacteria, yeasts and moulds in different fermented foods, as well as in industrial processes. Students will gain knowledge on connections between growth, metabolism and product properties.


Learning activities:

Lectures and laboratory exercises with journals. Excursion to a food fermentation company.

Teaching support:

The course responsible may be contacted by e-mail:


Chapters from:

Salminen, S., von Wright, A. and Ouwehand, A. 2004. Lactic Acid Bacteria-Microbiological and Functional Aspects. Deacon, J. 2006. Fungal Biology, 4th edition, Blackwell Publishing Ltd.                                                                        Doyle, M. P and Beuchat, L. R. 2007. Food Microbiology- Fundamentals and Frontiers. ASM Press. Washington, DC.                                                                                                                                                                     

Further syllabus will be announced at the start of the course.

Knowledge of food microbiology corresponding to MVI220, biochemistry corresponding to KJB200 and general microbiology corresponding to BIO130.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Compulsory attendance at the first lecture in the course, laboratory exercises with journals and excursion.
Written exam (3.5 hours) counts 50% of the final grade. Reports of laboratory experiments count 50% of the final grade. Both the exam and the reports must be approved to pass the course.
Nominal workload:

Lectures: 20 hours. Laboratory exercises: 35 hours. Report writing: 50 hours. Excursion: 8 hours. Self-study: 37 hours.

Entrance requirements:

Special requirements in Science

Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures: 6-8 hours/week. Laboratory exercises: 8 hours first week, 24 hours second week two and 3 hours third week.
An external examiner evaluates 25 randomly selected exam papers.
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått