Wilhelm Gruissem: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2020

Name Prof. em. Dr. Wilhelm Gruissem
FieldPlant Biotechnology
Professur Pflanzenbiotechnologie
ETH Zürich, LFW E 18
Universitätstrasse 2
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 08 57
Fax+41 44 632 10 79
RelationshipProfessor emeritus

551-0108-AALFundamentals of Biology II: Plant Biology
Enrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement.

Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit.
2 credits2RW. Gruissem
AbstractWater balance, assimilation, transport in plants; developmental biology, stress physiology.
ObjectiveWater balance, assimilation, transport in plants; developmental biology, stress physiology.
Lecture notesnone
LiteratureSmith, A.M., et al.: Plant Biology, Garland Science, New York, Oxford, 2010
Prerequisites / Noticenone
551-0120-00LPlant Biology Colloquium (Autumn Semester)
Only compulsory for Master students who started their Master in Autumn Semester 2017 or later.

This compulsory course is required only once. It may be taken in autumn as course 551-0120-00 "Plant Biology Colloquium (Autumn Semester)" or in spring as course 551-0120-01 "Plant Biology Colloquium (Spring Semester)".
2 credits1KC. Sánchez-Rodríguez, W. Gruissem, A. Rodriguez-Villalon, O. Voinnet, S. C. Zeeman
AbstractCurrent topics in Molecular Plant Biology presented by internal and external speakers from accademia.
ObjectiveGetting insight into actual areas and challenges of Molecular Plant Biology.
551-0360-00LApplied Plant Biotechnology Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 8.
The enrolment is done by the D-BIOL study administration.

General safety regulations for all block courses:
-Whenever possible the distance rules have to be respected
-All students have to wear masks throughout the course (keep reserve masks ready)
-The installation and activation of the Swiss Covid-App is highly encouraged
-Any additional rules for individual courses have to be respected
-Students showing any COVID-19 symptoms are not allowed to enter ETH buildings and have to inform the course responsible
6 credits7PW. Gruissem, R. B. Anjanappa
AbstractThe APB covers multidisciplinary aspects of green biotechnology. Students will acquire knowledge about transgenic crops in the world, processes to generate transgenic plants as well as strategies to engineer plants resistant to biotic and abiotic stresses. Development of new tools for plant biotechnology will be performed in the lab. Social aspects of green biotechnology will also be presented.
ObjectiveThe complete field of Plant Biotechnology shall be introduced in order to provide an overview over the diversity of this discipline, its connections with other disciplines, and its historical context. A major focus of the block course will be the potential of genetic modification as a tool for gene function in basic science as well as for agronomic and/or commercial application dealing with benefit and risk. Basic methods will be handled in practical experiments, lectures will provide the theoretical background including issues beyond the scientific scene like patent issues, ethical considerations, or legal regulation. The goal of this teaching unit is to educate interested students such that they overlook the discipline, are able to understand the basic methodical and intellectual approaches, understand and critically interpret the literature on this field and are able to further follow the development in this field after finishing their studies. Finally, the students should learn to develop own research projects and follow them including communication of their work to the public or the media.
ContentThe following theoretical topics will be presented:

- Plant tissue culture (N. benthamiana, cereals, cassava, cell cultures, somatic embryogenesis, regeneration)
- Methods for genetic transformation (Agrobacterium) and Molecular analysis of genetically modified (GM) plants (copy number, inheritance of transgenes etc)
- Selection systems (antibiotic and herbicide resistance, phosphor-mannose isomerase, marker-free systems, visible markers)
- Inducible promoters, tissue specific promoters
- Silencing and its application in plant biotechnology
- Biotechnological tools for crop improvement (the case of cassava and rice)
- Application potential (herbicide tolerance, pest and pathogen resistance, biofuel etc.)
- Public interest (ethical issues, patenting of GM-plants, GM food, public outreach).

Lectures will have a special focus on the contribution of biotechnology to the improvement of tropical crops such as cassava and rice. A visit to the greenhouse facilities is also planned to give the opportunity to discuss the different project performed at the ETH Plant Biotechnology Lab.

For the practical part of the blockcourse, students will perform their own research project. It will aim at the development of new promoters for green biotechnology. Students will clone the specific promoters from different plant species and subsequently produce transgenic plant cells using the methods presented during the course. Project to identify new plant resistance genes from genetically diverse set of rice lines will also be carried out as part of the practicals.
Lecture notesScripts will be distributed in the course for the practical parts and/or on Moodle platform.
LiteratureLiterature will be provided in the course
Prerequisites / NoticeLectures of APB are given in English.