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PLBI302 Plants for the Future

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Environmental and biological factors affecting plant performance; breeding technologies and crop improvement; applications of plant molecular biology and genetics in the design of new plants.

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. This lecture-lab paper emphasises current issues in plant breeding technologies and their applications.

Paper title Plants for the Future
Paper code PLBI302
Subject Plant Biotechnology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,110.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Two 200-level BIOC, BTNY or GENE papers
Schedule C
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

Dr Lynette Brownfield and Dr Paul Guy

No prescribed textbook.
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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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 08:00-08:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 08:00-08:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 28-39