Horticultural Genetics and Biotechnology

Organized by MAI Chania
Mai Coordinators: Dr. Panagiotis KALAITZIS

Aims

The major aim of the Horticultural Genetics & Biotechnology programme is to provide the students with a thorough grounding in the mechanisms, capabilities, uses and limitations of plant biotechnological methods and available technological platforms so that they will be able to apply them to problems related to horticultural production and product quality. MSc graduates can follow an academic career in biotechnology, genetics and/or molecular biology as well as a career in agrobussinesses private sector and agricultural governamental bodies. 

Objectives

The students shall:

  • acquire specific technical skills in plant biotechnology and genetics;
  • develop conceptual knowledge and critical thinking, hypothesis design and testing on plant biological and physiological themes pertinent to horticultural research;
  • communicate clearly research outputs, and the rationale and knowledge underpinning these outputs;
  • demonstrate understanding of advantages and limitations of –omics (genomics, metabolomics,) technological platforms and how are used for problem solving approaches;
  • ability to source information;
  • efficient use of knowledge  acquired from model plants such as Arabidopsis in order to formulate research approaches for their horticultural crops of interest.

PART 1
THE MASTER OF CIHEAM - CHANIA PROGRAMME

EDUCATIONAL SEQUENCE

The programme is organized in 5 Units (60 ECTS)

SEMESTER I

HOB510.22114.0  INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCED BIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGICAL TOOLS  (21 ECTS)

03 October ’16 to 06 January ’17

HOB520.1913.0 APPLIED GENETICS (9 ECTS) / subject to change

09 January to 17 February  ‘17

SEMESTER II

HOB530.1904.0 ARABIDOPSIS GENETICS (9 ECTS)

20 February  to 31 March ‘17

HOB540.21813.0 HORTICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY  (18 ECTS)

03 April to 16 June ‘17

HOB500.1312.0 EXTENDED ESSAY (3 ECTS)

EXAMINATIONS

Participants are obliged to take an examination in order to obtain an individual grade for each component in the following arrangement: For every one or two week(s) of course delivery the given examination period is one week.

All units are subject to examination.

Examinations may take the form of written exams (problems, set of questions, exercises, multiple choice questions), individual or team work project, computer assisted exams or any combination of the above forms.

Retake examination is allowed for a maximum of three weeks course delivery (3 subunits) of any unit except for the final unit.

Language of instruction: ENGLISH

 

 

 

PART 2
THE MASTER OF SCIENCE THESIS

Supervised research work: Thesis and defence (60 ECTS)
Duration: 11 months

Project (9 months duration, 60 ECTS)

All the students develop the ability to hypothesis design and testing through experimentation, to clearly communicate research outputs and ideas and to write scientific English. In addition, they become competent in a wide range of plant molecular biology and biotechnology techniques such as plant nucleic acid extractions, gene expression analysis, basic bioinformatics tools and cloning techniques, basic genetic concepts for mutants and transgenic plants analysis.

Research activities: topics generally available for Master of Science theses

  • Arabidopsis genetics and hormonal regulation (ethylene);
  • Role of prolyl 4 hydroxylases in plant growth and development;
  • Regulation of fruit ripening and Arabinogalactans;
  • Agrofood forensics and development of biotechnological methodologies for authenticity of olive and olive products and food products that cause allergies such as sesame;
  • Genetic diversity assessment of horticultural crops.