Plant biotechnology

Subject description

  1. Biotechnological approaches to plant gene and genome manipulation
  2. Strategies of plant genetic modification
  3. Biosafety  of genetically modified plants
  4. Marker assisted selection
  5. Diagnostics of plant pathogenes
  6. Plant comparative genomics
  7. Plant translation genomics

Student will learn about innovative biotechnological breeding methods, particularly genetic engineering, site-specific nuclease technologies and marker assisted selection.  The strategies of plant genetic manipulation will include agronomic traits, resistance to biotic and abiotic stress, improvement of quality, production of drugs and other materials. Students will gain knowledge of scientific and legal aspects of biosafety and of advanced methods used in plant pathogen diagnostics. Students will also learn about plant comparative  genomics and genomic data of model organisms obtained by high throughput  technologies (NGS, proteomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics) and functional analysis,  and their application in plant biotehnology

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

Students in this course should be able to acquire knowledge of a wide spectrum of biotechnological concepts in the development of biotechnological tools, breeding of new cultivars and in plant pathogen diagnostics.  In addition to providing solid knowledge of plant biotechnology, the aim of the course is also to present advanced, state of the art topics in plant biotechnology drawing on the expertise of course lecturers in internationally recognized research.  


Competences gained cover a comprehensive understanding of biotechnological concepts and development of a biotechnological approach to agricultural production.  Competence in using advanced biotehnological tools will enable students to analyse and understand multiple layers of biological systems. Students should be competent in conducting research in plant biotechnology and participation in professional and advisory bodies (e.g., ethical committees, scientific advisory boards on genetically modified organisms etc.).

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures: introduction to  concepts and topics Seminar project: work on specific topics

Individual consultations

Expected study results

Knowledge gained in this course should provide a solid basis for efficient research work in plant biotechnology.  Students will also gain basic knowledge of professional and legal issues on the use of plant biotechnology products.

Basic sources and literature

Pregledni znanstveni članki področja / Review articles from specific fields

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