Credit points: 30
Plant biotechnology, based on cell and molecular biology, has become a central part of the biological revolution. This subject familiarises students with some of the latest developments and specific technologies in plant biotechnology. The advantages and problems associated with biotechnology are debated. Topics include the role of gene technology in the improvement of insect and disease resistance and specific technologies, including plant genome sequencing, RNA interference, functional genomics and microarray analysis. Plant responses to hormones and environmental changes and herbicide resistance are discussed. The practical component involves working in small groups of 2-4 students in a research laboratory, supervised by research staff pursuing an original research project. Students are introduced to the scientific method and some of the formal lectures are replaced by informal discussions. Excursions to local plant biotechnology companies and guest lecturers are also organised.
FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering
Subject Co-ordinatorMichael Emmerling
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG
Prerequisites One of BOT2MPN, BOT2ILP, MIC2IM, MIC2MVM, BCH2BMA, BCH2BMB, GEN2HMG, GEN2EEG, BCH2IBM, GEN2MHG, MIC2MI, BCH2MBC, GEN2EGE, MIC2MMV.
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||Plant Physiology||Recommended||Taiz, L. and Zeiger, E.||5TH EDN., SINAUER ASSOCIATES INC, 2010|
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Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMichael Emmerling
Two 4.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Research projects equivalent to two 4-hour practical classes per week"
Two 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
|Final Group Report (2000 words)||9|
|Group Poster Presentation (approx 5 minutes per student)||9|
|Lecture-associated activities (e.g. quizzes, one paragraph summaries of guest lectures)||9|
|One 3-hour examination||50|
|Two 5-minute individual oral presentations||18|