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PLBI301 Applied Plant Science

Relevance of plants to the long-term health of the Earth. Solar-energy conversion, biofuels, food supply, unique bioactive compounds and environmentally safe solutions to pollution.

This paper is designed for students who are interested in the diverse ways plants shape our lives and environment. The different topics are taught by staff in the Biochemistry and Botany departments who are active in research related to plant biotechnology. Special guest lectures from scientists working in industry are also integrated into the paper. This lecture-lab paper emphasises current issues in agricultural and biotechnological research that are of direct relevance to economic development, biodiversity and human health.

Paper title Applied Plant Science
Paper code PLBI301
Subject Plant Biotechnology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,680.00

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36 200-level BIOC, BTNY or GENE points
Schedule C
A 200-level ECOL paper may be substituted for a 200-level BIOC paper.
This paper is a requirement for majors in the Plant Biotechnology programme. It is also of interest to students studying Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Genetics, Microbiology and Molecular Biotechnology.
Teaching staff
Professor Julian Eaton-Rye and Dr Tina Summerfield
Jones, R., Ougham, H., Thomas, H. and Waaland, S. (2013) The Molecular Life of Plants, Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken and Chichester

Smith, A.M., Coupland, G., Dolan, L., Harberd, N., Jones, J., Martin, C., Sablowski, R. and Amey, A. (2010) Plant Biology, Garland Science, New York and Abingdon

Taiz, L. and Zeiger, E. (2010) Plant Physiology (Fifth Edition) Sinauer Associates, Inc., Sunderland, MA

Raven, P.H., Berg, L.R. and Hassenzahl, D.M. (2010) Environment (Seventh Edition) John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Articulate a broad understanding of contemporary plant biotechnology and related scientific fields
  • Understand the relationship between hypothesis, experiment and data and know how to apply this to attain knowledge
  • Design and execute experiments in plant biology using contemporary biochemical and molecular biological techniques
  • Identify and critically evaluate relevant information

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
P1 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22