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Course BIO-PPH-01-K-5

Plant Biotechnology (S, 3.0 LP)

Course Type

SWS Type Course Form CP (Effort) Presence-Time / Self-Study
- S Reading course 3.0 CP 20 h 70 h
(S) 3.0 CP 20 h 70 h


CP, Effort 3.0 CP = 90 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem. in SuSe
Level [5] Master (Entry Level)
Language [EN] English
Area of study [BIO-PPH] Plant Physiology
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active

Possible Study achievement

  • Verification of study performance: continuous and active participation in the courses
  • Details of the examination (type, duration, criteria) will be announced at the beginning of the course.


− The students will hear introductory and summary lectures, read research and review papers, and discuss together and with the teacher the following topics: Creation and verification of transgenic plants. Plant primary metabolism and its relation to quality traits, like e.g. photosynthesis and levels of starch and sugars. Plant lipids, metabolism and high value oils from plants. Protein synthesis in plants; mechanisms and modes of optimization. Optimized fruit and seed properties. Plants as sources for recombinant proteins with pharmacological relevance. Metal homeostasis and site-directed modification of plants to altered metal availability. Physiology of salt and optimized salt tolerance of higher plants. Higher plants as sources for biofuels and biomaterials. Secondary plant products with relevance for human diet

Competencies / intended learning achievements

Professional competence:

− Understanding the molecular basis of plant primary metabolism and its relation to quality traits, and options to use this knowledge for increasing and improving plant performance with regard to these traits.

− Understanding adaptation mechanisms of plants to abiotic stresses.

− Knowing strategies for the use and improvement of plants as sources for biofuels and high-value biomaterials.

Methodological competence: ---

Social competence:

− Learning to discuss scientific issues with other students and the teacher and explaining complex concepts.

− Learning to simplify complicated topics and ideas and to identify their key aspects


− Acquirement of scientific knowledge by self-responsible reading of English research literature, and identifying points that require further explanation.

− Critical evaluation of current research data.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

On successfully completing the module students will be able to…

− improve their knowledge in the field of molecular plant biotechnology.

− read and understand specialist English literature (research papers and reviews).

− summarize and discuss orally research papers.


Will be provided during the orientation meeting of the course.


Will be provided during the orientation meeting of the course.

Requirements for attendance (informal)

Bachelor-grade knowledge in molecular biology, genetics, botany, plant physiology

Requirements for attendance (formal)

Admission to the Master Program ‘Biology’

References to Course [BIO-PPH-01-K-5]

Course-Pool Name
[BIO-LR_all-KPOOL-5] Lecture & Reading Course - all
[BIO-LR_MCB-KPOOL-5] Lecture & Reading Course: MCB
[BIO-LR_MPBiotech-KPOOL-5] Lecture & Reading Course: MPBiotech