BB2330 Plant Biotechnology 7.5 credits


The course provides basic training in formulating and analyzing a current problem in plant biotechnology and to document this in a report.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

Intended learning outcomes

The course will provide an overview of plant biotechnology with focus on industrial applications. The course will even provide basic knowledge in plant biology, plant molecular biology and plant biochemistry.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

•       describe the plant cell, its characteristic organelles as well as the composition, structure and properties of the plant cell wall,

•       describe mechanisms of plant cell signaling and gene regulation,

•       describe the function of plant hormones and their molecular mechanisms,

•       describe plant metabolic pathways such as carbohydrate and fatty acids

•       describe different methods for transformation of plants or plant cells, including their specific advantages and applications,

•       give examples of, and describe, plant biotech applications within forestry, agriculture, and production of new materials, pharmaceuticals and bio-fuels,

•       describe current regulations regarding production and use of GMOs in Sweden and the world

•       define the terms transcriptomics, proteomics, interactomics, metabolomics and systems biology, and describe their importance in plant biotechnology research,

•       describe alternative plant biotechnology methods that can replace genetic modification

•       research an application of plant or forestry biotechnology and present the results in a well-structured oral presentation as well as in written form

•       present and discuss a laboratory experiment in written form

Course main content

The course comprises introductory plant biology followed by plant biotechnology. Selected topics include Plant anatomy, development and life cycle, Plant cell and plant cell wall, Plant cell signaling and gene regulation, Plant hormones, Plant carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, Plant tissue culture, Transformation of plants or plant cells, Stress, pathogen and herbicide tolerance, Improved nutritional content and functional foods, Phytoremediation, Forest biotechnology, Plants as green factories: production of plastics, fats/oils, fibers, proteins and biofuels, GMO-regulations


Admission requirements for programme students at KTH:
At least 150 credits from grades 1, 2 and 3 of which at least 100 credits from years 1 and 2, and bachelor's work must be completed.  The 150 credits should include a minimum of 20 university credits (hp) in biochemistry, microbiology and gene technology/molecular biology. 20 university credits (hp) chemistry including courses in Chemical Measuring Techniques and , as well as 20 university credits (hp) in mathematics and computer science or corresponding.

Admission requirements for independent students:
A total of 20 university credits (hp) in biochemistry, microbiology and gene technology/molecular biology. 30 university credits (hp) chemistry possibly including courses in Chemical Measuring Techniques , as well as 20 university credits (hp) in Mathematics and computer science, 5 credits of these must be within the fields of Numerical Analysis and Computer Sciences. Documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B.

Recommended prerequisites

BB1010 Introduction to Biotechology or BB2240 Introduction to biotechnology, BB1020 Cellbiology with Immunology, BB1080 Biochemistry and BB1060 Molecular biotechnology


Plant Biotechnology: The Genetic Manipulation Of Plants, by Adrian Slater, Nigel Scott and Mark Fowler, 2nd Edition, 2008, Oxford University Press


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.5, grading scale: P, F
  • LIT1 - Literature Task, 1.5, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Examination (TEN1; 4.5 credits, grading scale A-F), participation in laboratory work (LAB1; 1,5 credits, grading scale Pass/Fail) and literature assignment with written report and oral presentation (LIT1; 1.5 credits, grading scale Pass/Fail)

Offered by

CBH/Industrial Biotechnology


Ines Ezcurra <>

Supplementary information

Students are required to sign up at least two weeks in advance for examination.

The course is given provided at least seven students are admitted.


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2017.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.