Courses of Study 2023-2024 
    Mar 04, 2024  
Courses of Study 2023-2024
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PLBIO 3430 - Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering of Plants

Spring. 2 credits. Student option grading.

Prerequisite: two courses in genetics, molecular biology or biochemistry. The course is directed toward undergraduates who wish to become familiar with the theory and practice of plant biotechnology. Co-meets with PLBIO 5430 .

L. Gunn, J. Hua.

Introduction to current studies involving recombinant DNA technology and its application to the improvement of plants. Emphasizes genetic transformation methodology, gene expression systems, and strategies for increasing productivity.

Outcome 1: Explain the basic principles that underlie developmental processes in plants.

Outcome 2: Explain the basic concepts and methods of molecular biology and genetics as they relate to the following questions:
• How to transfer genes to plants
• How to design vectors for transforming plants
• How to analyze plant gene function
• How to express foreign genes in new plant hosts
• How to perform transient gene expression
• How to regenerate whole plants from single cells
• How to produce stable transgenic lines with single transgene integrations
• How to protect plants against viruses and pests
• How to improve quality traits in crop plants
• How to safeguard the environment and insure food safety
• How to evaluate claims relating to the GMO debate

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