Advanced Plant Breeding & Biotechnology

Subject BTCH90001 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours lectures and 24 hours case studies (4 hours per week)
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Eligibility for honours or postgraduate degree



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

Case studies are used to illustrate the steps involved in taking knowledge from research laboratory or breeding trials and producing and releasing novel crop varieties. This subject will include a small research project in an area chosen by each student.

On completion of the subject, students should have a sound and broad understanding of the plant breeding systems. The case studies will allow students to contextualize their understanding of laboratory methods and develop an understanding of real-life exploitation of genetic improvement of crop plants.

Learning Outcomes:

To gain an understanding of the application of breeding and biotechnology techniques for plant improvement and cultivar release


Two 3000 word case study reports (60%) – weeks 5 and 10 and end of semester examination (2.5 hr) 40%

Prescribed Texts:

Recent relevant journals

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students will gain an understanding of current and newly developing techniques for plant improvement

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