Course: Ecology and Applied Plant Biotechnology

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Course title Ecology and Applied Plant Biotechnology
Course code BOT/EABR
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminar
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Ondřej Vladan, doc. RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Navrátilová Božena, RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Navrátil Milan, prof. RNDr. CSc.
  • Smýkal Petr, doc. Ing. Ph.D.
  • Šimková Hana, Ing. CSc.
  • Hašler Petr, doc. RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Švécarová Michaela, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
The history of plant biotechnology, advantages and limits. Use useful fungi in biological plant protection. Modern methods of biological protection of agricultural crops. Botanical pesticides - environmentally acceptable pest. Arthropods as bioagents for plant protection. Biological and genetic mechanisms of resistance to pathogens, applications in genetic engineering. Cloning of genes for resistance in plants. Modern methods of studying plant diversity Biotechnology in environment. Are viruses harmful or helpful? Algae in biotechnology.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming)
Learning outcomes
Followup on teaching basic subjects (general botany, plant physiology, general genetics) and extend knowledge in the field of plant biotechnology in human life and the impact on the environment.
The student is able to understand the problems of plant biotechnology, their application and benefits to humans and the environment.
After completing the course the student is able to understand and discuss the issue of plant biotechnology methods, their use in practice and in protecting the environment.

Assessment methods and criteria

Knowledges of presented topics and discussion in seminars.The required 60% attendance.
Recommended literature
  • Evans, G., & Furlong, J. C. (2011). Environmental biotechnology: theory and application. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Heldman D.R., Wheler M.B., Hoover D.G. Encyclopedia of Biotechnology in agriculture and food..
  • Kreuzer H., Massay A. (2005). Biology and biotechnology.. Washington, D.C.
  • Murphy D. Plants, biotechnology and agriculture..
  • Ricroch, A., Chopra, S., & Fleischer, S. J. (2014). Plant biotechnology: experience and future prospects. Cham: Springer.
  • Rittmann, B. E., & McCarty, P. (2001). Environmental biotechnology: principles and applications. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Smith J.E. (2009). Biotechnology, Fifth Edition. Cambridge Uviversity Press.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science Biology (1) Biology courses 2 Summer
Faculty of Science Ecology and Environmental Protection (1) Ecology and environmental protection 2 Summer
Faculty of Science Molecular and Cell Biology (2015) Biology courses 3 Summer
Faculty of Physical Culture Biology (1) Biology courses 2 Summer