Course syllabus P15-0011-I - Biotechnology in Plant Production (FBFS - WS 2020/2021)

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Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra
Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences
Course unit code: P15-0011-I
Course unit title:
Biotechnology in Plant Production
Planned types, learning activities and teaching methods:
2 hours weekly / 26 hours per semester of study (on-site method)
2 hours weekly / 26 hours per semester of study (on-site method)

Agrobiotechnology - master (required), 3. semester
Applied Biology - master (elective), 3. semester
Level of study:
Prerequisites for registration: none
Assesment methods :
During the semester there will be 2 written tests in 15 points, semester project and its presentation in 10 points and a final written exam in 60 points. To obtain A mark will be needed to obtain at least 93 points, for the evaluation of B mark at least 86 points, C mark at least 79 points, for the evaluation of D mark at least 72 points and for the evaluation of E mark at least 64 points.
Learning outcomes of the course unit:
The student will understand the basic methods and technologies of plant tissue cultures, techniques of recombinant DNA, gene transfer into the plants, transgenics in crop improvement, genomics, bioinformatics and molecular techniques in plants. After the course a student is able to apply molecular methods and techniques in the field of plant biotechnology.

Course contents:
Plant tissue cultures - types of cultures, micropropagation, cell suspension cultures and secondary metabolite, in vitro production of haploids,somaclonal variability. Transfer of genes to plants - temporary and stable expression of transgenes, methods of transfer of genes, silencing of genes. Improving of agronomic traits using genetic modifications - resistance to biotic and abiotic stress, resistance to herbicides, improving quality of plants, transgenic plants as bioreactors. Genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics. Molecular markers and marker assisted selection in plants. Legislation concerning GMOs in the Slovak Republic.
Recommended or required reading:
GÁLOVÁ, Z. -- BALÁŽOVÁ, Ž. -- MICHALÍK, I. -- LIBANTOVÁ, J. -- MORAVČÍKOVÁ, J. -- HRICOVÁ, A. -- MATUŠÍKOVÁ, I. Biotechnológie v rastlinnej produkcii. 1st ed. Nitra : Slovenská poľnohospodárska univerzita, 2008. 143 p. ISBN 978-80-552-0146-7.
GÁLOVÁ, Z. -- BALÁŽOVÁ, Ž. -- LIBANTOVÁ, J. -- MATUŠÍKOVÁ, I. -- MORAVČÍKOVÁ, J. -- SALAJ, J. -- HRICOVÁ, A. Praktické cvičenia z molekulárnej biológie. 1st ed. Nitra : Slovenská poľnohospodárska univerzita, 2011. 67 p. ISBN 978-80-552-0657-8.

Ján Turňa a kol.: Techniky rekombinantných DNA. VEDA, vydavatežstvo SAV, Bratislava, 2004
Jozef Timko a kol.: Geneticky modifikované organizmy. VEDA, vydavatežstvo SAV, Bratislava, 2004

Language of instruction:
Slovak, English
Subject is taught only in the winter semester.
Evaluation of course unit:
Assessed students in total: 82

25,6 %
17,1 %
19,5 %
12,2 %
24,4 %
1,2 %
Name of lecturer(s):
doc. Mgr. Želmíra Balážová, PhD. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, person responsible for course)
Last modification:
24. 10. 2019
doc. Mgr. Želmíra Balážová, PhD. and programme supervisor

Last modification made by Ing. Martin Mastík, PhD. on 10/24/2019.

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