Course code Biol4002

Credit points 2

Plant Biotechnology

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for laboratory classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation27.09.2011

Responsible UnitInstitute of Soil and Plant Science

Course developers

author prof.

Ina Alsiņa

Dr. biol.

author lect.

Laila Dubova

Mg. agr.


Valdis Klāsens

Dr. habil. agr.

Course abstract

Students obtain knowledge about the possibilities of application and the essence of biotechnology methods of plants. The decisive factors of preservation of plants’ production. Transformation of the products photosynthesis. The biotechnological obtaining of ethanol, amino acids, vitamins and other compounds. The obtaining of biogas. The cultivation of mushrooms. The biotechnology method in preserving environment. The clearing of sewage. Composts. The degradation of pesticides. The cultures of cells and tissue of plants. Perspectives and risks of plant biotechnology in agriculture.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Students obtain knowledge about plant biotechnology, its methods and field of application.
Students can assess necessary scientific literature, evaluate applicity of information and realize simplest plant biotechnological methods.
Students are competent to evaluate positive and negative aspects of plant biotechnology methods. Students are able to evaluate different possibilities of transformation of products of photosynthesis. Students are able to integrate knowledge in the plant biotechnology with practical agronomy.

Compulsory reading

1. Handbook of plant biotechnology. Ed.-in-chief Paul Christou, Harry Klee. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 2004. 2 sēj.
2. Jayabalan N. Plant Biotechnology, APH Publishing Corporation. 2006. 370 p.
3. Plant Biotechnology: Laboratory Manual for Plant Biotechnology, Oxford & IBH Publishing. 2003. 35 p.
4. Plant Biotechnology and transgenic Plants. Ed. by K.M. Oksman-Caldentey, W.H.Barz. New York ; Basel : Marcel Dekker, 2002. 719 p.

Further reading

1. Plant biotechnology in ornamental horticulture.p. Ed. by Yi Li, Yan Pei, Binghamton, NY : The Haworth Pres, 2006. 517 p.
2. Agricultural biotechnology. Ed. by Arie Altman. New York etc. : Marcel Dekker, 1998. 770 p.
3. Agricultural biotechnology. Ed. by S.S. Purohit, Agrobios (India), 2003. 938 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Plant Biotechnology. Published John Wiley and Sons. ISSN (printed): 1467-7644. ISSN (electronic): 1467-7652.