Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Teachers: Alma Balestrazzi, Anca Macovei, Susana Aruajo
Year: 2018/2019
ECTS: 6
SSD: BIO/04

Course content

Module 1
Teacher: Alma Balestrazzi, Susana Araujo De Sousa

Requirements
Basic knowledge molecular and cellular biology is required.

Objectives
This part of the course aims at highlighting the molecular aspects of plant meristem activity and key molecular players (genes, proteins, phytohormones) in plant totipotency.

Programme
Molecular aspects of plant cell totipotency. Shoot and root apical meristems (SAM, RAM): identity, activity, response to stress. Molecular cross-talk between phytohormones.


Module 2
Teacher: Anca Macovei

Requirements
Basic knowledge molecular and cellular biology is required.

Objectives
This part of the course aims at highlighting the importance of plant biotechnology, providing past and current approaches in plant genetic modification (GM) technology of high impact for the agro-economic sectors.

Programme
Plant biotechnology: classification and impact. Genetically Modified Plants: technology and essential applications. Molecular farming: use of plants for the production of relevant biomolecules.