Course code Biol4002

Credit points 3

Plant Biotechnology

Total Hours in Course81

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for laboratory classes16

Independent study hours49

Date of course confirmation27.09.2011

Responsible UnitInstitute of Soil and Plant Science

Course developers

author prof.

Ina Alsiņa

Dr. biol.

author Augsnes un augu zinātņu institūts

Laila Dubova


author lect.

Alise Klūga


Prior knowledge

Biol3006, Plant Physiology II

Biol3008, Microbiology

Biol3017, Plant Physiology

Ķīmi1012, Chemistry

Course abstract

The plant biotechnology methods and possibilities of application Suitability of plant products for consumption. Biotransformation of photosynthesis products. Classical biotechnology: biotechnological production of ethanol, amino acids, vitamins and other compounds. Environmental biotechnology: biogas production, mushroom cultivation, wastewater treatment, compost, microbiological preparations. Plant cell and tissue cultures. Genetic engineering, essence, perspectives and problems. Perspectives of plant biotechnology in agriculture.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Students gain knowledge about the acquisition and transformation of plant products, quality regulation options, biodegradation - tests, laboratory works Students are able to determine the most important possibilities of plant biotechnological transformation - tests, laboratory works Students are able to assess the factors that are able to influence and change the quality of agricultural products, understand their impact on crops - laboratory work.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. The essence of plant biotechnology methods and application possibilities. 2h
2. In vitro plant cultivation. Plant cell and tissue cultures-2h
3. Determinants of plant product conservation. Biodegradation of plant products. Mushroom cultivation 2h
4. Classical biotechnology. Biotechnological extraction of ethanol, amino acids, vitamins and other compounds 2h
5. Environmental biotechnology. Biogas production. Wastewater treatment. Compost. Microbiological preparations.2h
6. Modern biotechnology 2h
7. Genetic engineering, essence, perspectives and problems 2h

8. Perspectives of plant biotechnology in agriculture 2 h

Requirements for awarding credit points

The final grade (exam mark) consists of the grades of tests and defended laboratory works.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Reports on laboratory works and explanation of the obtained results. Independent work in preparation for tests.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The exam is taken after the laboratory work has been completed and the tests have been successfully passed. The final mark consists of evaluations of 50% of classical biotechnology (tests and laboratory works) and 50% of modern biotechnology.

Compulsory reading

1. Plant Biotechnology (2018) Ed. by Hiru Ranabhatt, Renu Kapor, 542 p
2. Plant Biotechnology Transgenics, Stress Management, and Biosafety (2018)
Ed. by Sangita Sahni, Bishun Deo Prasad, Prasant Kumar, 608 p
3. Plant Tissue Culture, Development, and Biotechnology (2010) Edited by Robert N. Trigiano, Dennis J. Gray, 608 p

4. Environmental Biotechnology (2013) M. H. Fulekar, 620p,

Further reading

1. Beķers M. Ievads biotehnoloģijā, R. Zvaigzne, 1974,212.lpp.
2. Plant Biotechnology (2019) Ed. by S Umesha, 436p.
3. Environmental Biotechnology Biodegradation, Bioremediation, and Bioconversion of Xenobiotics for Sustainable Development (2016) Edited by Jeyabalan Sangeetha, Devarajan Thangadurai, Muniswamy David, Mohd Azmuddin Abdullah, 434p

Periodicals and other sources

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


For the bachelor's study program of Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture ,specialization in Agriculture and Horticulture.