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PLBI401 Frontiers in Plant Biotechnology

Advanced study of selected topics in plant biochemistry, physiology and molecular biology.

This paper examines recent developments in plant biotechnology that impact on global issues surrounding agriculture and the long-term health of our planet, including applications addressing human health and issues surrounding sustainability. This paper is taught by staff in the Biochemistry and Botany departments who are active in research related to plant biotechnology. The topics selected vary from year to year to reflect new developments in this discipline.

Paper title Frontiers in Plant Biotechnology
Paper code PLBI401
Subject Plant Biotechnology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,409.28
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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PLBI 411
This paper is a requirement for Honours, Diploma and MSc students in the Plant Biotechnology programme. It is also of interest to students studying Biochemistry, Botany, Genetics and Molecular Biotechnology.
Teaching staff
Professor Julian Eaton-Rye
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Examples are drawn from current research literature.
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

Upon successful completion of the paper, students will be able to:

  • Articulate a broad understanding of contemporary plant biotechnology and related scientific fields
  • Appropriately communicate biochemical concepts to both specialist and general audiences
  • Evaluate the philosophical and ethical aspects of their activities as a scientist
  • Identify and critically evaluate relevant information

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 9, 11-12, 16-19, 21-22
B1 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 31-32, 37-38