Plant Biotechnology

Plant biotechnology is a collection of methods used to adapt plants for specific demands or prospects such as developing crops for enhanced nutrition, facilitating sustainable agricultural production, and engineering plants for industrial and medical functions.

Plant Biotechnology Courses

Required Elective Courses

2300361 INTRODUCTION TO MOLECULAR BIOTECHNOLOGY

Introduction to and history of molecular biotechnology; reviews on regulation of gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes; principles and techniques in recombinant DNA technology; production of recombinant protein in prokaryotes and eukaryotes; mutagenesis, protein engineering and directed evolution; various applications of molecular biotechnology.

3(3-0-6) credits

2300362 BIOLOGICAL SEQUENCE ANALYSIS

Methods and algorithms for sequence alignment: pairwise sequence alignment, database similarity searching, multiple sequence alignment; profiles and Hidden Markov Models; gene finding and protein sequence analysis; processing of data obtained from DNA sequencers including assembly of raw data into a contiguous sequence, finding open reading frames and translating into amino acid sequences; sequence analysis tools used in recombinant DNA technology including restriction mapping, primer design, DNA cloning and mutagenesis; DNA, RNA and amino acid sequence analysis using publicly available web based tools.

3(2-2-5) credits

2305262 GENERAL GENETICS LABORATORY

Laboratory work emphasizing the principles of inheritance; experiments with microorganisms and an independent study of inheritance in Drosophila melanogaster and Zea mays; problems solving and discussion.

1(0-3-0) credit

Elective Courses

2305481  PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY

Principles and applications in plant cell and tissue cultures for the production of chemicals and plant propagations; mushroom culture technology; useful microbes in plant biotechnology; plant genetic engineering; economic plants for industry and biotransformation of plant extracts.

2(2-0-4) credits

2305354  HYDROPONICS

Historical background of hydroponics, advantages and disadvantages; growing systems; the nutrient solution; the formulation of nutrients; suitable crops; nutritional value; pest and disease control; other methods for soilless culture; application of hydroponics.

2(2-0-4) credits

2305355  HYDROPONICS FOR CROP PRODUCTION LABORATORY

Historical background of hydroponics, advantages and disadvantages; growing systems; the nutrient solution; the formulation of nutrients; suitable crops; nutritional value; pest and disease control; other methods for soilless culture; application of hydroponics.

1(0-3-0) credits

2305451  PLANT TISSUE CULTURE

History and development of in vitro plant tissue culture; principles of plant tissue culture from various plant parts; growth and development patterns of tissues through embryogenesis and organogenesis; control of factors influencing those growth and developmental patterns; application of plant tissue culture techniques in plant science.

2(2-0-4) credits

2305452  PLANT TISSUE CULTURE LABORATORY

Principles of biodegradation : growth-link; acclimation; detoxication; activation, kinetics, sorption, chemical effects of substances on biodegradation environmental effects and principles of bioremediation.

3(3-0-6) credits

2305453 COMMERCIAL ORNAMENTAL PLANT PRODUCTION 

Application of basic scientific principles in growing ornamental plants; management and business planning; nursery management; commercial ornamental plant production and care; postharvest management; laboratory practice and field trips.

3(2-3-4) credits

2305486  ECONOMIC MUSHROOM CULTIVATION

Chemistry of biopolymer in environment; types and structure; biosynthesis and biodegradation by microorganisms; microbial enzymes in biopolymer degradation; applications of biopolymer in environmental remediation; innovation and technology; case studies.

3(2-3-4) credits