The Danish and global plant production is facing major challenges. Plant production is central in the on-going green transition made necessary by climate changes, because it can deliver solutions to it, but also because crop productivity is highly affected by climate changes. In addition, rapid population growth requires new solutions to secure sufficient amounts of food and, in particular, plant-based food. There are also strong political goals that future plant production can take place with minimal applications of pesticides and fertilizers. In effect, plant production is developing into a far more dynamic and demanding scenario in the food-, feed-, non-food-, and bioenergy area. Plant biotechnology plays a major role in meeting the demands created by this scenario through knowledge on plant genomes, advanced molecular breeding, genome editing and development of genetic modified organisms (GMO).
The course intends to provide the students with experience in advanced molecular techniques used in modern plant science and biotechnology through an intensive two-week course.
Objectives of the course:
The course will cover state of the art techniques and methods within plant biotechnology research, including the genetic basis of several important plant properties and the use of molecular genetics. The focus will be on how candidate genes for crop improvements can be identified, analyzed, and utilized.
Through the course, the student will gain an understanding of the practical use of and theory behind the newest techniques within the field of plant science and will be able to employ that knowledge to solve problems within agricultural plant production through biotechnological approaches.
The course will be relevant for students who wish a practical introduction to the newest techniques and theory within plant science and biotechnology, and who wish to understand the potentials of these techniques in plant production.
The course is an off-campus course and held at Aarhus University Flakkebjerg, Forsøgsvej 1, DK-4200 Slagelse.
The Department of Agroecology is located in Flakkebjerg 10 km south of Slagelse with good possibilities of public transportation to Copenhagen. We have 6.500 m2 of laboratories, greenhouses and semi-field facilities and 175 ha of experimental area as well as library, offices and canteen. We are experts in integrated pest management for the control of plant diseases, pests and weeds.
Participants need to arrange their own accommodation. Advice will be provided.
Please contact course coordinator, Kim Hebelstrup, firstname.lastname@example.org
Exam info and full course description can be found in the course catalogue.
A relevant bachelor's degree within Science and Technology.
The students are expected to have a basic theoretical and practical knowledge in molecular biology, genetics and biotechnology.
Exchange students: nomination from your home university
Freemovers: documentation for English Language proficiency
You can read more about admission here.