METABOLIC ENGINEERING OF PLANTS

Degree course: 
Corso di Second cycle degree in MOLECULAR AND INDUSTRIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY
Academyc year when starting the degree: 
2017/2018
Year: 
1
Academyc year when helding the course: 
2017/2018
Course type: 
Supplementary compulsory subjects
Credits: 
6
Period: 
First Semester
Standard lectures hours: 
64
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (32 hours), Laboratory (32 hours)
Requirements: 

Basic knowledge of plant biology and biotechnology are necessary.

Final Examination: 
Orale

Oral examination aims to evaluate the student level of knowledge and understanding of the topics covered in the course and the ability to discuss the key concepts using an adequate scientific terminology. The evaluation is expressed in thirtieths (minimum rate 18/30).

Assessment: 
Voto Finale

Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:
- describe the bio-fortification strategies
- describe the main classes of plant secondary metabolites and their integrated pathways
- understand the processes for plant metabolic engineering
- discuss the opportunity and challenges of the production of vaccines and antibodies in planta.

The following topics will be addressed:
- the primary and secondary plant metabolism;
- the main classes of secondary metabolites of plants
- ecological significance of plant secondary metabolites; their effects on bacteria, insects and human health;
- production of secondary metabolites by plant cell and tissue cultures
- different engineering strategies to improve the content of bioactive secondary compounds with applicable value
- plant biopharming

- Metabolismo e prodotti secondari delle piante. Massimo Maffei- UTET
Slides and scientific papers will be made available through the e-learning site of the course.

Convenzionale

The course consists of lectures (48 h). Slide presentations will be used.

Students can meet the teacher in her study by previous email appointment. The teacher will answers only to the e-mails signed and coming from domain@studenti.uninsubria

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