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27823 Industrial Mycology

Danish title:

Industriel Mykologi


Point( ECTS )


Course type:

Taught under single-course student


Monday 30 November to Friday 4 December 2015 (5 days full time)


Campus Lyngby
Building 301

Scope and form:

Lectures (10 hrs), Laboratory exercises (20 hrs), Project /Group Work (20 hrs), Home work, reporting and presentations (20 hrs)

Duration of Course:

[The course is not following DTUs normal Schedule]

Date of examination:

Right after the course

Type of assessment:



Participants restrictions:

Minimum 6 Maximum: 18

General course objectives:

To give the student broad knowledge of filamentous fungi of significance for the biotech, pharmaceutical and food industries, both as production organisms and as contaminants. The course will give the student a comprehensive insight in mycological methods for isolation, identification, and characterization of fungi, and how fungi grow and interact within a given system. The student will get hands on experience with the most common fungal species used in industry and their production of enzymes, small acids, lead molecules and mycotoxins. The student will gain experience in interpretation of experimental data from mycological experiments, including fermentations. Through group work on specific cases the student will become familiar with retrieval and interpretation of the scientific data and literature

Learning objectives:

A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
  • Describe and sketch the key morphological structures and life cycles in industrial important fungi and fungal model systems
  • Identify and characterise industrially important moulds to species level by multidisciplinary methods
  • Predict the possibilities for fungal growth (qualitatively and quantitatively)
  • Predict the possibilities for production of mycotoxins and evaluate the toxicological aspects of unwanted mould growth in food and biotechnological products
  • Evaluate the quantitative physiology of a fungal cell factory based on analysis of data from cultivation of fungi in a bioreactor
  • Retrieve and interpret data from on-line databases on fungal bioinformatics
  • Outline strategies for construction of a safe fungal cell factory with specific properties
  • Design a relevant fermentation process for a given fungal product
  • Assess a mycological subject within industry and present the subject to people with mycological experience at an advanced level


Fungal physiology and life cycles. Experience with fungal micro- and macro-morphology. Identification of fungi by multidisciplinary methods (morphology, physiology, chemical profiling and DNA sequencing). Secondary metabolism and toxicological aspects. Filamentous fungi used in fermentations. Quantitative evaluation of bioreactor experiments. Technological characteristics of important fungal cell factories in biotech. Student presentations of mycological subjects


PhD students: DKK 2000 (Course materials and meals)
Outside academia: DKK 10,000 (Course materials and meals)

Green challenge participation:

This course gives the student an opportunity to prepare a project that may participate in DTU's Study Conference on sustainability, climate technology, and the environment (GRØN DYST). More information http://www.groendyst.dtu.dk/english


Ulf Thrane , Lyngby Campus, Building 223, Ph. (+45) 4525 2630 , ut@bio.dtu.dk
Mhairi Workman , Building 223, Ph. (+45) 4525 2700 , mwo@bio.dtu.dk
Birgitte Andersen , Building 223, Ph. (+45) 4525 2726 , ba@bio.dtu.dk
Jens Christian Frisvad , Lyngby Campus, Building 221, Ph. (+45) 4525 2626 , jcf@bio.dtu.dk


27 Department of Systems Biology

Registration Sign up:

At the professor's office
Friday 20 November 2015
Last updated: 24. november, 2015