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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 Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,004.75

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Prerequisite
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
Restriction
BTNY 221
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
Suitable for undergraduates, graduates and professionals of all disciplines interested in or working with plants or plants-based products.
Contact
botany@otago.ac.nz
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)
Textbooks
Taiz, L. & Ziegler, E. (2015) Plant Physiology and Development. Sinauer Associates Inc., 6th edition.
Course outline
View the course outline for BTNY 201
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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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Timetable

Semester 1

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

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

Practical

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

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, using a combinationn of laboratories, project based research, lectures and tutorials, the processes and factors that control plant growth and development, and how plants can be manipulated to sustainably satisfy the increasing global demand for crops, food and fuels.

You will learn the mechanisms that plants use to control their growth and development, and how an understanding of these mechanisms enables more efficient production of crop plants that produce greater yields with fewer resources and a reduced environmental impact.

You will learn how to culture plant cells and produce artificial seeds, how to extend the postharvest lives of fruit, vegetables and cut flowers, how plant cells can be used as green chemical factories and how to produce super-plants that can cope with the stresses associated with climate change.

Paper title Plant Functional Biology and Biotechnology
Paper code BTNY201
Subject Botany
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2022 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
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
Restriction
BTNY 221
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
Suitable for undergraduates, graduates and professionals of all disciplines interested in or working with plants or plants-based products.
Contact
botany@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Convenor: Associate Professor David Burritt
Lecturer: Associate Professor Paul Guy

Paper Structure
  • Section I: The Development of Higher Plants: theory and biotechnological applications
  • Section II: Plant Metabolism: designing better plants
  • Section III: Plant Responses to Stress: coping with climate change
Teaching Arrangements
  • 24 lectures
  • 2 laboratory experiments (run over 4 weeks)
  • 2 tutorials (run in laboratory times)
  • A mini-project (run over 8 weeks)
Textbooks
Taiz, L. & Ziegler, E. (2015) Plant Physiology and Development. Sinauer Associates Inc., 6th edition.
Course outline
View the course outline for BTNY 201
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Critical thinking.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

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

^ Top of page

Timetable

Semester 1

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-15, 17-22
Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-15, 17-22

Practical

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