The aim of the course is to understand the morphology, structure and economic importance of Viruses and Bacteria. Bacteriology and Virology is a three credit hour course for BS in Botany. The main objectives of this course are to establish the basic knowledge on microbes, mostly bacteria and viruses, and their relationships with other organisms, mainly plants and animals. Also included are the biochemical and molecular techniques and strategies used to study, but also to control, these microorganisms. The course is divided into two main sections corresponding to the type of microorganism studied. The Bacteriology part includes: the historical accounts of microbiology, the bacterial structure, physiology and metabolism, the diversity and classification of bacteria, the various ways to control microorganisms, microbial ecology, food and industrial microbiology and finally an introduction to descriptive epidemiology.

Aims and Objectives

To understand:

  • The morphology of bacteria and virus
  • Different structures of virus and bacteria
  • Economic importance of Viruses and Bacteria

Assessment criteria:

  • Sessional (Attendance, assignment & presentation) 10 Marks
  • Practical Exam           15 Marks
  • Mid Term Exam         30 Marks
  • Final Term Marks       45 Marks

Learning outcomes

The students will be able

  • To know about the structure of bacteria and virus
  • To know about different diseases of virus and bacteria, their symptoms and treatments
  • To know the replication of virus and bacteria

Recommended Texts

  1. Black J. & Black, L. (2017).  Microbiology - Principles and Exploration (10th ed.). Arlington: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
  2. Willey, J., Sherwood, L. & Woolverton, C. (2017). Prescott’s microbiology (10th ed.). Kent State: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Suggested Readings

  1. Mandahar,C. L., (2017). Plant viruses: structure and replication (1st ed.). Florida: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group Publishers.
  2. Arora, A.,  (2017). Textbook of microbiology (5th ed.). India: CBS Publishers and Distributors.
  3. Pommerville, J., (2018). Fundamentals of microbiology (11th ed.). Sudbury: Jones and Bartlet Publishers.
  4. Gaur, R. K, Khurana, K. & Dorokhov, Y. (2018). Plant viruses: diversity, interaction and management (1st ed.). Florida: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group Publishers.

Course Material