Syllabus academic year 2007/2008

Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. KLGN01 overlap following cours/es: KLG070 och KLG070. Alternative for: MBIO1, MLIV1. Optional for: B4lm. Course coordinator: Professor Siv Ahrné, och Professor Göran Molin,, Livsmedelsteknologi. Recommended prerequisits: KMB060 General microbiology. Assessment: Discussion in group followed by an individual exam in writing. Each laboratory lesson group has to make a written report and perform an oral presentation of the lesson. Home page:

The aim of the course is to describe how bacteria, associated to man, interact with the host, how administration of specific probiotic bacteria could prevent and counteract disease and how probiotic food could be designed.

Knowledge and understanding
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Skills and abilities
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Judgement and approach
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The following sections are dealt with in the course: Fundamental biological troubleshooting; bacterial systematics and methods to classify and identify bacteria; the composition and ecology of the bacterial flora of the gastro-intestinal tract; effects of probiotics in health and disease; immunological and genomical aspects of probiotics; probiotic mechanisms of action; probiotic interaction with dietary fibres and antioxidants; design of probiotic foods and supplements; food hygienic considerations and safety of probiotics.

Molin, G Lectures in probiotics (PDF-files; kostnadsfri).
Wang, M Characterization of the intestinal microbiota by DNA-based methods. Lund University, Lund 2004. (PDF-file; kostnadsfri).
Tannock, G.W Probiotics and prebiotics: Where are we going? Caister Academic Press, Wymondham, UK, ISBN: 0-954464-1-1.