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.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Prerequisites SCI1LS2 and Admission into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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Learning resources


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.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Tutorial Assessments (approx. 1000 words)40
Workshop (1500 words)20
Written Exam (2 hours)40