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Plant Biotechnology

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2021-2022

Admission requirements

The course is open for all students that are enrolled in the minor Molecular Biotechnology.

Contact information

Coordinator: Dr. Y.H. Choi Email: y.h.choi@biology.leidenuniv.nl

Description

All living organisms synthesize small compounds (metabolites) that play important roles in functioning of the organism in its environment. For instance, plants produce alkaloids that act as inhibitors of insect herbivory, whereas bacteria and fungi produce antibiotics to prevent growth of competitors. Many of these compounds are interesting from a biotechnological point-of-view and can be used to develop, amongst others, (novel) medicines, fragrances, flavours, and stimulants (e.g. caffeine, nicotine).

Learning goals

Course objectives:
During this course, the students will learn about several aspects of natural products from different sources (fungi, bacteria, plants, animals, marine organisms), including their nomenclature, synthesis, methods for their isolation and characterisation, ecological function, and specific applications e.g. to improve human health.

Final qualifications:
Students have gained knowledge about several aspects of important metabolites from different sources including their synthesis, methods for their isolation and characterisation, ecological function, and specific applications. Students have gained experience in preparing their presentations about specific natural products and their related applications , and in giving an oral presentation in English language.

Timetable

A detailed time table will be published on Brightspace.

Mode of instruction

Staff lectures, student presentations, practical, self study

Assessment method

Evaluation of individual oral presentation and intermediate and final written exams. The final grade consists of the following partical grades:

  • written exam 40%, minimum grade: 5,6

  • presentation 30%, minimum grade: 6,0

  • attendance 30%, attendence should be minimally 80%.

Inspection and feedback on the examination

Date: To be announced on Brightspace

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Announcements, course information and course material will be communicated via Brightspace.

Reading list

Course material will be supplied by the lecturers.

Registration

Register for this course via Usis and enroll in Brightspace.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for information on how to apply.