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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Plant transformation
    • Molecular markers (marker-assisted selection and marker-assisted backcrossing)
    • Genome mapping
    • Molecular assessment of germplasm diversity

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.
  • 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

Entry Requirements

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

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 for the compulsory requirements for this subject to attend laboratory classes at RMIT University's Bundoora Campus:

Study Period 2:

  • TBA

Study Period 3:

  • TBA

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

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