Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. list and discuss the uses of biotechnology of plants in agriculture
  2. apply plant transformation, molecular plant breeding and functional genomics techniques in the laboratory
  3. use molecular and classical techniques, including tissue culture to create and test new genotypes and phenotypes
  4. understand the ethics of applying biotechnology strategies to plant improvement and agriculture.
    • Plant transformation
    • Molecular markers (marker-assisted selection and marker-assisted backcrossing)
    • Genome mapping
    • Molecular assessment of germplasm diversity

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject aims firstly to familiarise the student with the new molecular techniques which are currently used to enhance conventional plant breeding and secondly, to introduce the student to a few of the emerging technologies which are likely to have significant impact on agriculture in the near future. The lecture series will include topics in the areas of plant transformation, the use of molecular markers (marker-assisted selection and marker-assisted backcrossing), genome mapping and molecular assessment of germplasm diversity.

Please note the dates below are for the compulsory requirements for this subject to attend laboratory classes at RMIT University's Bundoora Campus:

Study Period 2:

  • Jun 18 - 22, 2018 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM*


Study Period 3:

  • Oct 29 - 02 Nov, 2018 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM*

Practicals will be conducted demonstrating different plant transformation protocols, PCR techniques and the use of several computer packages for genome mapping and bioinformatics.

*More details will be provided at the commencement of the relevant Study Period and available on Blackboard.

  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Practical Reports (35%)
  • Mini-Lecture Presentation (15%)
  • Test (10%)

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