APPLIED GENOMICS AND PLANT BREEDING
Credit points: 15
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
Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith
Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Prerequisites SCI1LS2 and Admission into SBATE
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||Abiotic Street Adaptation in Plants, Physiological, Molecular and Genomic Foundation||Recommended||Pareek, A, Sopory, S, Bohnert, H & Govindjee (eds) 2010||SPRINGER SCIENCE, USA.|
|Readings||Breeding field crops||Recommended||Sleper, D & Poehlman, J (eds) 2006||WILEY, NJ.|
|Readings||Genomes||Recommended||Brown, T (ed) 2002||2ND EDN, WILEY-LISS, OXFORD.|
|Readings||Introduction to genetic analysis||Recommended||Griffiths, A, Wessler, S, Carroll, S & Doebley, J 2010||W.H. FREEMAN & COMPANY, USA.|
|Readings||Molecular markers in plant genetics and biotechnology||Recommended||de Vienne, D (ed) 2003||SCIENCE PUBLISHERS, INC, USA.|
|Readings||Molecular plant breeding||Recommended||Xu, Y (ed) 2009||CABI PUBLISHING, OXFORDSHIRE, UK.|
|Readings||Principles of plant genetics and breeding||Recommended||Aquaah, G (ed) 2012||2ND 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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Epping, 2019, Semester 1, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith
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.
One 3.0 days laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
|Laboratory Assessments (approximately 1,000-words)||40||01, 03, 04, 05|
|Workshop activities (1,500-words)||20||02|
|One 2 hours written Exam (2,000-words equivalent)||40||01, 03, 04, 05|