Denmark, Aarhus

Advanced Methods and Techniques in Plant Science and Biotechnology

when 12 August 2013 - 23 August 2013
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 ECTS

The Danish and global plant production is facing major challenges. The rapid population growth, the increased consumption of animal products and the use of crops for energy purposes demand an increased production. In addition, climate change is expected to have pronounced effects on plant production. At the same time there is also a strong wish among the public that future plant production can take place with minimal applications of pesticides and fertilizers. In effect, plant production is developing into a far more dynamic and demanding scenario in the food-, feed-, non-food-, and bioenergy area. Plant biotechnology is expected to play a major role in meeting the demands created by this scenario through knowledge on plant genomes, advanced molecular breeding and development of genetic modified organisms (GMO). The course intends to provide the students with experience in advanced molecular techniques used in modern plant science and biotechnology through an intensive two week course.

Course leader

Søren Borg, Aarhus University

Target group

Master students

Course aim

The course will cover state of the art techniques and methods within plant biotechnology research, including the genetic basis of several important plant properties and the use of molecular genetics and genetically modified organisms (GMO).rnThrough the course, the student will gain an understanding of the practical use of and theory behind the newest techniques within the field of plant science and will be able to employ that knowledge to solve problems within agricultural plant production through biotechnological approaches.rnThe course will be relevant for students who wish a practical introduction to the newest techniques and theory within plant science and biotechnology, and who wish to understand the potentials of these techniques in future plant production.rnCompleting this course, the student is expected to be able to:rn- Understand and employ advanced technologies in plant biotechnology such as genetic modification and molecular genetics.rn- Have gained practical hand-on experience with advanced techniques and equipment within plant science and biotechnology.rn- Understand and employ bioinformatics and statistical tools in plant biotechnology.rn- Plan and conduct experiments within plant biotechnology.rn- Develop strategies and models to solve problems relating to plant biotechnology by using fundamental principles in plant biotechnology and genetics.rn- Explain the use of biotechnology in plant breeding.rn- Put into perspective and discuss the potentials of plant biotechnology and breeding for achieving a sustainable agriculture, nationally and internationally.

Fee info

EUR 0: Students on a bilateral exchange programme do not have to pay. rnrnFreemovers are obliged to pay participation fees while tuition fees only apply to freemovers from countries outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland.