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This subject will focus on processes that are unique to plants as well as current techniques for their investigation and manipulation in biotechnology, including genetic engineering and plant transformation. The subject includes study of the responses of plants to biotic and abiotic stress; cell wall biosynthesis, carbon dioxide fixation and concentrating mechanisms; cell-cell recognition; nutrient uptake and processing; and the organisation of the genome in plants and its modification by biotechnology.
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of the subject, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the functional biology specific to plants;
- apply concepts of biotechnology to agriculture, horticulture, forestry and the food industries;
- evaluate current benefits or limitations for converting plant molecular biology to applied biotechnological outcomes; and
- demonstrate practical skills to perform plant molecular biology experiments, including the analysis and evaluation of the data generated.
On completion of this subject students should have developed the following generic skills:
- Critical-thinking skills: Demonstrate an appreciation of how modern fundamental science can be applied;
- Research skills: Capacity to undertake the generation and assessment of original research data;
- Communication skills: Display the ability to communicate information in writing;
- Collaborative skills: Display skills in cooperative teamwork in small group based practical work;
- Safe practice skills: Exercise the safe use of appropriate laboratory equipment and techniques for experiments.
Last updated: 1 March 2024