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Green Biotechnology

The course provides an in-depth knowledge of fundamental processes of plant function including how plants and other photosynthetic organisms interact with each other and their surrounding environment, and responses to environmental disturbances induced by human impacts.

Green biotechnology is defined as the application of plants and other photosynthetic organisms with the aim to improve agricultural crops or for industrial purposes in order to generate industrially useful products in sectors such as detergents, paper, biofuels, textiles, pharmaceutical substances etc. The course covers the molecular biology of the plant cell, and focus on biotechnology applied to photosynthetic organisms. The biotechnologies presented during the course are based on functional genomics and proteomics; plant breeding (e.g. marker assisted selection) and quantitative genetics; genetically modified plants; phytoremediation and the utilization of bio-active compounds. Moreover, the course will discuss the role of plants in the industry, for example, how plants can be used in order to develop new products and eco-technology. The theoretical part of the course will be followed by a practical part where up-to-date methodology within biotechnology will be used.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The teaching given in the Green Biotechnology course is a combination of plenary lectures, group discussions and seminars.

    Learning outcomes

    A list of the learning outcomes can be found in the syllabus. Please find the link to the syllabus on the right side of this page.


    Assessment in the Green Biotechnology course includes written exams, oral presentations and written reports.


    Edouard Pesquet


    Te: +46 8 16 3760

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Study literature associated to the Green Biotechnology course include a compendium of articles provided in the course's Athena site – this resource includes both the latest breakthrough in Green Biotechnology as well as foundation articles (research articles and reviews).

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Student office
    Study counsellor for advanced level