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WIN2215 Wine Biochemistry and Microbiology

Short Description: Wine Biochemistry & Microbio'y
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Agric, Comp and Environ Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 019905 - Food Science and Biotechnology
Grading basis : Graded


Pre-requisite: WIN1101


The chemical and physical nature of structures and functions within living cells is studied. This course allows students to develop an understanding of the major classes of biochemical compounds and the metabolism of these compounds. It discusses the structures and chemistry of biomolecules, bioenergetics of metabolic reactions and central metabolic processes including metabolism of carbohydrates, respiration and photosynthesis. This is extended to consider the biochemistry of important enzyme-catalysed reactions during production and storage of wine. Impacts of enzymes derived from the grapes, the microbes used to ferment wine, and used as winemaking additives are discussed. The course also considers biochemical and spectroscopic analysis of wine. In addition the course considers the positive and negative impacts that micro-organisms can have on quality of grapes and wine. This course includes discussion of the diversity of micro-organisms, microbial cell structure and function, metabolism, nutrition, growth and control of micro-organisms, an introduction to bacteria, viruses, fungi and protists and factors affecting their interactions with grapevines, an introduction to the types and roles of micro-organisms found in wines, roles of yeasts and bacteria in wine making and spoilage reactions, and control of micro-organisms in wine making.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2019 Online