Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject explores plant breeding technologies and applied genomics across a number of commercial enterprises. Students will develop skills in conventional plant breeding methods alongside modern plant breeding techniques utilising modern tools and methods. Concepts in molecular biology, genomics, plant breeding and bioinformatics will facilitate the learning of practical skills such as grafting, plant tissue culture, nucleic acid extraction, polymerase chain reaction, the production of primers and test expression levels of interesting and desirable plant traits. A suite of molecular techniques will be evaluated for detecting genetic variation in natural populations including first-generation methods and next-generation sequencing based methods. Techniques of statistical genomics, including methods for analysing large data sets will be introduced.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites SCI1LS2 and Admission into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAbiotic Street Adaptation in Plants, Physiological, Molecular and Genomic FoundationRecommendedPareek, A, Sopory, S, Bohnert, H & Govindjee (eds) 2010SPRINGER SCIENCE, USA.
ReadingsBreeding field cropsRecommendedSleper, D & Poehlman, J (eds) 2006WILEY, NJ.
ReadingsGenomesRecommendedBrown, T (ed) 20022ND EDN, WILEY-LISS, OXFORD.
ReadingsIntroduction to genetic analysisRecommendedGriffiths, A, Wessler, S, Carroll, S & Doebley, J 2010W.H. FREEMAN & COMPANY, USA.
ReadingsMolecular markers in plant genetics and biotechnologyRecommendedde Vienne, D (ed) 2003SCIENCE PUBLISHERS, INC, USA.
ReadingsMolecular plant breedingRecommendedXu, Y (ed) 2009CABI PUBLISHING, OXFORDSHIRE, UK.
ReadingsPrinciples of plant genetics and breedingRecommendedAquaah, G (ed) 20122ND EDN, WILEY-BLACKWELL, NJ.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Discuss traditional plant breeding technologies across a number of commercial enterprises

Using group discussion and case studies, students will explore the advances of plant breeding techniques over time and their application to commercial enterprises.

02. Apply practical skills in genomic and plant breeding experiments

Practical classes will be used to demonstrate breeding techniques.

03. Describe and explain the concepts underpinning first generation and next-generation sequencing-based methods

Group discussion and workshop sessions will be used to explore first generation and next-generation sequencing-based methods.

04. Describe techniques of statistical genomics with development of methods for the purposes of analysing genomic and plant breeding data

Workshop exercises will be used to explore statistical techniques for analysing plant breeding data.

05. Discuss the ethical and environmental issues associated with genomics and plant breeding

Group discussions and workshop sessions will be used to explore plant breeding issues such as genetically-modified crops, quarantine laws, plant variety rights and ownership of varieties and species.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2018, Week 08-23, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 08 - 21
One 3.0 days laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 08 to week 21 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 08 - 21
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 08 to week 21 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 08 - 21
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 08 to week 21 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Laboratory Assessments (approx. 1000 words)40 01, 03, 04, 05
Workshop activities (1500 words)20 02
Written Exam (2 hours)40 01, 03, 04, 05