plant science and biotech

Plant Biotechnology

This area of study in the M.P.S. degree is designed for students who need to broaden their knowledge base and technical skills in biotechnology, for professionals returning for “retooling,” and for the recent graduate in a variety of disciplines in biology and chemistry. Requirements consist of 19 credit hours of core coursework (including two credit hours of graduate seminars (EFB 797)), nine credit hours of directed electives and eight credit hours of open electives for a total of 36 credit hours.

Required Core Courses (19 credit hours):

EFB 530 Plant Physiology (3)
EFB 531 Plant Physiology Lab (2)
EFB 601 Molecular Biology Techniques (3)
EFB 625 Plant Biotechnology (3)
EFB 626/FOR 626 Plant Tissue Culture Methods (3)
EFB 627 Plant Developmental Biology (3)
EFB 797 Seminar in Environmental and Forest Biology (2)

A complete list of directed elective courses is available from the graduate program director.

Participating Faculty

  • John D. Castello;
    plant virology, viruses and mycoplasma in urban and forest tree decline, forest pathology, microbiology, insect vectors
  • Danilo D. Fernando;
    plant structure and development, reproductive biology of conifers, pollen transformation, genomics and proteomics of pine pollen tube development, willow flowering and tissue culture, genetic diversity of rare and endangered ferns, and plant evolution, diversity and conservation.
  • Thomas R. Horton;
    mycorrhizal plant ecology, molecular ecology, ecology, fungal communities, mycology, fire ecology
  • Charles A. Maynard;
    Research Areas of Interest plant tissue culture, genetic engineering a blight-resistant the American chestnut, conventional forest genetics & tree improvement, forest ecology, forest health, restoration ecology
  • James P. Nakas;
    microbiology, transformation and decomposition processes, nutrient cycling, soil and aquatic microbiology, microbial biomass, solvent production, microbial ecology, microbial physiology
  • William A. Powell;
    forest biotechnology, molecular plant-microbe interactions, genetic engineering in plant conservation, antimicrobial peptide design, plant gene design, plant pathology, molecular biology

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