PLNT*6230 (F) Colloquium in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry

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The following description is for the course offering in Fall 2018 and is subject to change. It is provided for information only. The course outline distributed to the class at the beginning of the semester describes the course content and delivery, and defines the methods and criteria to be used in establishing the final grades for the course.

An open discussion course designed to review and critically analyze contemporary issues in plant physiology and biochemistry.


Teaching Assistant:

Credit Weight:


Course Level:

  • Graduate

Academic Department (or campus):

Department of Plant Agriculture



Semester Offering:

  • Fall

Class Schedule and Location:

Wednesday 1:00-2:30 pm, location TBD

Learning outcomes:

For this colloquium we will discuss new developments in plant tissue culture and biotechnologies.  This will include new techniques and technologies, recent regulatory considerations, as well as broader social implications and events.    

Specific Learning Outcomes:

  1. Effectively explain recent technological developments in plant tissue culture and biotechnology
  2. Critically assess scientific journals, papers, and methodologies used in plant science
  3. Demonstrate the ability to explain both sides of controversial topics related to biotechnology, including scientific and regulatory aspects  
  4. Lead a discussion related to plant biotechnology

Lecture Content:

There are no formal lectures in this course

Labs & Seminars:

Week 1: General course information session

Week 2: Scientific publishing; how do we tell good science/journals from bad?

Week 3: Overview of plant tissue culture and biotechnology

Week 4: Science meets courts; discussion of recent Monsanto court case

Week 5-12: Student led presentations/discussions

Course Assignments and Tests:

Assignment or Test Contribution to Final Grade





Discussion Proposal




Final examination:

There is no final examination scheduled for this course

Course Resources:

Required Texts:

None (papers to be assigned)


Course Policies:

Grading Policies:

This is an open discussion course. Therefore, all assignments must be completed by due date time for credit to be received. 

Course Policy regarding use of electronic devices and recording of seminars:

Electronic recording of classes, including student presentations is expressly forbidden without consent of the instructor and the presenter.  When recordings are permitted they are solely for the use of the authorized student and may not be reproduced, or transmitted to others, without the express written consent of the instructor.


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