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Høst 2015

BIO-2009 Green Biotechnology and Bioenergy - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Type of course

Bachelor and Master students with interest in microbial or plant biology, molecular biology, biotechnology, and metabolic modeling. The course is available as a singular course.

Course contents

The course will give an introduction into techniques and applications of "green" biotechnology, i.e. biotechnology with photosynthetic organisms.The lectures will cover techniques for targeted alteration of the properties of plants and algae. Breeding, genome editing and genetic modification and their advantages and disadvantages will be introduced. A focus will be on applications of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture, horticulture or aquaculture and the production of high value plant compounds (nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, biofuels, etc.) The course will also cover the risk assessment of plant GMOs, safety measures when working with plant GMOs, bioreactor and photobioreactor technology, current and future modell plants. An introduction into in silico metabolic modeling as important means to predict effects of an altered metabolism will be included in the course. These aspects will be deepened by reading original publications on selected themes. The lab part will cover plant transformation and regeneration techniques, plant organ and tissue culture, identification of transgenic plants by PCR-based techniques.

Admission requirements

Applicants from Nordic countries must have:

Generell studiekompetanse, samt følgende spesielle opptakskrav:

Matematikk R1 eller matematikk S1+S2 og i tillegg ett av følgende programfag:

Application code: 9336 (Nordic applicants). It is a requirement that students have  some prior knowledge of biology and ecology, chemistry and mathematics. (Participants must have taken introductory level university courses, and achieved pass grades, in these subjects).

International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English. It is a requirement that students have  some prior knowledge of biology and ecology, chemistry and mathematics. A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education website -

Obligatory prerequisites

BIO-1006 Animal- and plant physiology, MBI-1001 Cell and molecular biology

Objective of the course

Knowledge; Students who have completed this course

Skills; Students who have completed this course:

General competance; Students who have completed this course

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

20 h of lectures, 4 h of seminar (talks given by each individual student), 30 h of lab and 10 h of computer lab. Necessary safety training will be given. The course will be run as an intensive course (2 consecutive weeks).


Oral; Power Point Presentation of a publication in a group seminar with an external sensor present. Pass/Fail.

Course work requirements: Attendence of lectures and lab exercises; Individual lab report; presentation of a publication using either PowerPoint or the black board.

There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.

Recommended reading/syllabus

Contents of lectures and articles discussed in the seminars
Lectures Autumn 2015
First attendance: see schedule
Lectures prof. Karsten Bruno Heinrich Fischer
stip. Stian Olsen
f.aman. Ines Heiland