M. Sc. Plant Biotechnology

Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies
In Kottayam

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  • Master
  • Kottayam
  • Duration:
    2 Years
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Kottayam
Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies (MACFAST) Tiruvalla, 689101, Kerala, India
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· Requirements

A candidate seeking admission to M. Sc. Plant Biotechnology must have a degree with Botany as main or subsidiary subject, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Agriculture Science and Environmental Science with a minimum of 55% aggregate marks at the graduate level, recognized by MG University.

Course programme

Plant Biotechnology is a fast growing field in Biotechnology. It deals with the modern scientific methods in plant breeding. The most important achievement in this field is the production of new and desired varieties of plants (Transgenic plants) within a short period of time when conventional plant breeding operations took 10-15 years to release a new desired variety. It includes two major sections - Plant Tissue Culture and Plant Genetic Engineering.

Plant tissue culture mainly refers to the cultivation of plant cells or tissues in specifically formulated culture media so as to produce an entire plant from these cells or tissues. Plant genetic engineering involves introduction of genes to sexually incompatible plant species through recombinant DNA technique. Desired foreign genes are transferred to economically important plants for crop improvement. This transfer results in a permanent change in the genetic make up of the recipient.

Plant Biotechnology can bring enormous benefits to such diverse fields as medicine, industry, agriculture and environment. New crop plants with greater yield, hardier plants capable of improved and increased resistance to diseases, herbicides and pests, modification of various biosynthetic pathways for the production of novel and more useful metabolites, prolonged shelf life of fruits and vegetables etc are of immense value to the improvement of human welfare.

Course Structure
Semester 1
General Biochemistry
Fundamentals of Microbiology & Immunology
Plant Growth & Development
Laboratory Tools & Techniques
Practical I

Semester 2
Plant Tissue Culture.I
Molecular Genetics
Biological Control of Plant Pathogens, Pests and Weeds and Biofertilizers
Biomass & Bioenergy
Practical II

Semester 3
Plant Tissue Culture - II
Genetic Engineering -I
Plant Cell Culture & Secondary Metabolites
Tissue Culture & Crop Improvement
Practical III

Semester 4
Genetic Engineering -II
Biotechnology, Environment & Intellectual Property Rights & Patenting
Research Methods and Biostatistics.
Green house Management and Plant Protection.
Practical IV
Project and Viva - Voce


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