- Plant transformation
- Molecular markers (marker-assisted selection and marker-assisted backcrossing)
- Genome mapping
- Molecular assessment of germplasm diversity
- Assignment 1 - Invigilated Exam (40%)
- Assignment 2 - Practical Reports (35%)
- Assignment 3 - Mini-Lecture Presentation (15%)
- Assignment 4 - Test (10%)
Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject
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 for the compulsory requirements for this subject to attend laboratory classes at RMIT University's Bundoora Campus:
Study Period 2:
Study Period 3:
Practicals will be conducted demonstrating different plant transformation protocols, PCR techniques and the use of several computer packages for genome mapping and bioinformatics.