Course Description

Course Name

Plant Functional Biology and Biotechnology

Session: VDNS3121

Hours & Credits

18 Credit Points

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


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.

Course 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

Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the central concepts, theories, and current areas of debate.

*Course content subject to change