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Biotechnology for industries using plants and plant products. The principles and applications of advanced cell biology, plant tissue culture and genetic engineering. Use of natural products in industry.
In this course, the connections between developmental processes and plant biotechnological applications will be discussed. In the first section of the lecture course, students will be introduced to the basic principles and applications of plant engineering with examples from research and industrial applications. In this respect, public concerns about genetic engineering will be discussed. In the second part of the course, we will focus on plant tissue culture research, the biology of cultured plant cells andconnections with agricultural biotechnology and genetic engineering of plants. In the third section of the lecture course, we will have external researchers from Plant and Food Research to discuss work done on plant pathology and breeding in New Zealand. Besides lectures, students have the opportunity to participate in a plant tissue culture research project and a computer-based tutorial activity gaining first insight into the use of the Geneious software for plant specific cloning. In addition, all students are required to prepare a written scientific report based on a library-based research project.Goal of the CourseTo introduce the principles and applications of plant breeding and plant tissue culture research and to develop an understanding of the biology of cultured plant cells; to introduce the principles of genetic engineering and gene editing of plants and to examine issues associated with its potential use including metabolic engineering and its application to horticulture and agriculture; to examine the role of translocated signals in plants, to investigate aspects of plant cell walls important in biofuel production, and to provide selected skills used in plant biotechnology research.
As a student in this course, I will develop the ability to:1. Access and utilise the scientific literature on plant biotechnology and genetic engineering/gene editing of plants.2. Synthesise primary scientific literature to provide background and context for understanding and interpreting experimental data.3. Connect knowledge of biotechnology and use of New Zealand native plants.4. Get familiar with molecular cloning concepts and techniques.5. Have a better understanding of the concepts and associated research progress from selected advanced topics in plant development and their connections to biotechnology.Transferable Skills RegisterAs a student in this course, I will develop the following skills:1. Synthesising information. In many science jobs it is necessary to read the literature on a topic and write a literature review. We will discuss literature searching and the essential elements of a sound literature review. 2. Designing experiments, collecting and analysing data: This is an important skill required for research in governmental and non-governmental organisations. An integral part of the lab sessions is to facilitate the development of these skills. 3. Reporting findings: Clear communication skills are essential for most professional careers. We will discuss the elements of effective presentations of findings from experimental work and library-based research.
BIOL254 orBIOL253 (=BCHM253) orBIOL231 (=BCHM202)
Students must attend one activity from each section.
It is compulsory to wear a lab coat in the laboratory and can be purchased at the beginning of the year.Where to purchase your lab coats and safety glassesTo purchase: buy a receipt from the Copy Centre, 2nd floor, Puaka-James Hight building, (payment by eftpos and credit card only – lab coats $32, glasses $10), 9.00 am - 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday.Receipts may then be exchanged in the atrium inside the southern entry to the Ernest Rutherford Building, 8.30 – 10 am and 12.30 – 1.30 pm, Monday to Friday for the first two weeks of the semester.After the first two weeks they can be collected from Ernest Rutherford Room 130 (Chemical Store).
Dr Grant Smith
(Plant and Food Research, Lincoln)
Dr Samantha Baldwin
(Plant and Food Research, Lincoln)
No textbook has been recommended to be purchased. However, the textbook used in BIOL254 (Taiz, Zeiger, Møller and Murphy, Plant Physiology and Development, 6th Ed) is a key text for several aspects of the course. In addition, students are advised to study relevant online library resources and selected reading materials recommended by the teachers of the course.
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Domestic fee $910.00
International fee $4,438.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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School of Biological Sciences