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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Frontiers in Plant Biotechnology
    Subject Plant Biotechnology
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,448.79
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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


    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, 15-16, 18-19, 21-22
    B1 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 31-32, 37-38
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