Soil microflora, sampling enumeration and identification of soil micro organism with

special emphasis on methods of study including nitrogen fixation, Carbon cycle etc.

Microbial transformation of nutrients in soil. Degradation of complex materials (e.g.

lignin, hemicelluloses, plastics and pesticides etc.), by soil microorganisms. Petroleum

microbiology with emphasis on the use of microbiology in the exploration for oil.

Microbial degradation of petroleum products. Microbial enzymes and proteins.

Microorganisms and soil fertility. Effects of soil condition and soil management on soil

microorganisms. Mycorrhiza formation and importance. Soil microorganisms as

pathogens and spoilage agents.

Level of Study: 400 Level