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Plant biotechnology and molecular breeding

  • Number of credits 15 credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Starting Spring Term 2023

About the course

The course aims to provide knowledge on biotechnological applications in agriculture and forestry as well as how modern molecular biological methods can be used in plant breeding. The course has several elements. Part 1 deals with the genetic transformation of plants with Agrobacterium system, but also with other techniques and tissue culture propagation. Specific problems regarding e.g. grasses and trees are discussed, and the laboratory sections illustrate the transformation and tissue culture of plants. Part 2 deals with how plants but also to some extent bacteria can be utilized as production systems for example, chemicals, fuel, drugs and antibodies, as well as how plants can be genetically modified to have an altered nutrient content (e.g. Golden rice) or to become more resistant to stress. Practical exercises are also included in this subsection. Part 3 concerns with various genetic techniques used in plant breeding, e.g. various molecular markers, genetic maps and even some population genetics / studies of natural variation. Molecular breeding work of various crops are also raised, and the laboratory exercises demonstrate such the use of molecular markers. In Part 4 the social aspects of plant biotechnology is dicsussed, for example, legislation of GMO plants in Sweden and the EU, patent legislation, risk assessment and ethical aspects of GMO plants and similar substances.
 
The course is divided into three phases: theory (10.5 credits), literature studies and seminarium presentation (1.5 credits), laboratory exercises (3 credits)   

Application and eligibility

Plant biotechnology and molecular breeding, 15 credits

Visa tillfällen för föregående termin Spring Term 2023 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen

Starts

16 January 2023

Ends

21 March 2023

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Type of studies

Daytime, 100%

Required Knowledge

90 ECTS credits, of which at least 15 ECTS credits are in the main area of chemistry and 60 ECTS credits in the main area of biology where at least 30 ECTS credits should be in plant biology and cell- and molecular biology. Swedish for basic eligibility for higher education programmes and English B/6. Requirements for Swedish only apply if the course is held in Swedish. Entry requirements

Selection

Academic credits Applicants in some programs at Umeå University have guaranteed admission to this course. The number of places for a single course may therefore be limited.

Application code

UMU-50942

Application

The online application opens 15 September 2022 at 13:00 CET. Application deadline is 17 October 2022. How to apply

Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 35,700

Total fee

SEK 35,700

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Course is given by
Department of plant physiology
Contactperson for the course is:
Laszlo Bako