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BTNY201 Plant Functional Biology and Biotechnology

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The key cellular processes that facilitate plant growth and development; how these processes are regulated by the environment; how plants respond to stressful conditions; applications in conventional plant breeding, biotechnology and food production.

In this paper we investigate the key cellular processes that facilitate plant growth and development and how these processes are regulated and can be manipulated by scientists. How an understanding of these processes can enable plant biotechnologists, plant breeders, botanists and food scientists to satisfy sustainably the increasing global demand for crops, food and fuels is discussed throughout the paper. The techniques investigated include traditional plant breeding, plant tissue and cell culture, genetic manipulation and post-harvest biology. A combination of lectures, tutorials, formal laboratory experiments and mini-projects are used to provide students with both theory and hands-on practical experience.

Paper title Plant Functional Biology and Biotechnology
Paper code BTNY201
Subject Botany
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,004.75

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One of BIOL 112, BIOL 113, BIOL 123, BTNY 111, CELS 191, ECOL 111, HUBS 191, HUBS 192 and 18 further points from Science Schedule C
BTNY 221
Schedule C
Suitable for undergraduates, graduates and professionals of all disciplines interested in or working with plants or plants-based products.
Teaching staff
Convenor: Associate Professor David J. Burritt
Lecturer: Associate Professor Paul L. Guy
Paper Structure
  • Section I: The Development of Higher Plants: theory and biotechnological applications
  • Section II: Plant Cell Biology and Biotechnology
  • Section III: Plants' Responses to Stress
Teaching Arrangements
  • 24 lectures
  • 2 laboratory experiments (run over 4 weeks)
  • 2 tutorials (run in laboratory times)
  • A mini-project (run over 7 weeks)
Taiz, L. & Ziegler, E. (2015) Plant Physiology and Development. Sinauer Associates Inc., 6th edition.
Course outline
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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will demonstrate in-depth understanding of the central concepts, theories, and current areas of debate.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 14:00-17:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
A2 Thursday 14:00-17:50 9-13, 15-22