Plant Functional Biology and Biotechnology

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Plant Functional Biology and Biotechnology

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Botany

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    One of BIOL 112, BIOL 113, BIOL 123, BTNY 111, CELS 191, HUBS 191, HUBS 192, ECOL 111 and 18 further points from Science Schedule C

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The key cellular processes that facilitate plant growth and development; how these processes are regulated by the environment; how plants respond to stressful conditions; applications in conventional plant breeding, biotechnology and food production.

    In this paper we investigate the key cellular processes that facilitate plant growth and development and how these processes are regulated and can be manipulated by scientists. How an understanding of these processes can enable plant biotechnologists, plant breeders, botanists and food scientists to satisfy sustainably the increasing global demand for crops, food and fuels is discussed throughout the paper. The techniques investigated include traditional plant breeding, plant tissue and cell culture, genetic manipulation and post-harvest biology. A combination of lectures, tutorials, formal laboratory experiments and mini-projects are used to provide students with both theory and hands-on practical experience.

    Course Structure
    - Section I: The Development of Higher Plants: theory and biotechnological applications
    - Section II: Plant Cell Biology and Biotechnology
    - Section III: Plants Responses to Stress

    Learning Outcomes
    Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the central concepts, theories, and current areas of debate.

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