The Master on Horticultural Genetics & Biotechnology provides a two-year Master of Science degree programme for scientists holding a university Bachelors degree in agronomy, biology, horticulture, agricultural engineering, chemistry, plant science or any related field.
The programme aims to empower the students mentoring experiences of high quality in the mechanisms, capabilities, uses and limitations of plant biotechnology using cutting edge technologies on high throughput omics, genetics, bioinformatics and plant genetic engineering.
Great progress has been made over the last two decades in understanding plant biology and genetics, due to the rapid developments in applied plant biotechnology and molecular breeding techniques. These, in turn, have had an enormous impact on the science and practice of agriculture and horticulture.
The major goals of the Department of Horticultural Genetics and Biotechnology are to provide the students with a thorough grounding in the mechanisms, capabilities, uses and limitations of plant biotechnological methods so that they will be able to apply them to problems related to horticultural production and quality.
The first year students receive a solid theoretical background and practical training, leading to the attainment of a DSPU certificate, attending classes and extensive laboratory courses in the following fields:
- Applied plant molecular genetics and biotechnology including the hormonal and developmental regulation of gene expression, in vitro and tissue culture techniques, and transformation strategies
- Applied plant genetics including marker-assisted breeding, risk assessment for Genetically Modified Organisms, Genetically Modified Organism certification protocols and Arabidopsis genetics
Emphasis throughout the course is placed on horticultural crops and their products. In the second year, students who have successfully completed the first year will develop advanced molecular biology technical skills and independent thinking by working on research projects in modern, well-equipped laboratories leading to a Master’s of Science degree.
Research activities: topics generally available for Master of Science theses
- Role of prolyl 4 hydroxylases in tomato and Arabidopsis growth and development
- Arabidopsis genetics
- Regulation of fruit ripening and Arabinogalactans
- Agrofood forensics and development of biotechnological methodologies for authenticity and traceability
- Genetic diversity assessment of horticultural crops
- Olive genomics and transcriptomics
- Molecular basis of abiotic stress response such as hypoxia
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