18 July 2020
Genetic Engineering and Genetically Modified Plants
In the next 50 years, we will have to produce more food than we have produced so far in all human history to feed a global population of more than 10 billion. This is against the background of climate change and reduced land for arable cultivation. We also have increasingly limited resources. Phosphate reserves will be depleted in 50-100 years. Current production of nitrogenous fertilisers is heavily dependent on fossil fuels. Plant biotechnology has an important role in meeting these challenges. It can aid in the production of high yielding, stress tolerant, nutrient rich new crop varieties that need fewer inputs. This module will discuss these challenges to global food security and the potential solutions. This will include the role of GM plants. You will develop practical skills in the synthesis of a recombinant DNA and insertion into a plant cell. You will gain first-hand experience of developing a GM plant and you will assess current projects to engineer enhanced crops. You will consider their potential to provide greater food security in the decades to come.
Please note, the Leeds International Summer School runs for four weeks (4 July - 1 August 2020). You can choose to study with us for two weeks or for the full four-week programme. Each module lasts two weeks so you study one module if you choose to attend for two weeks and two modules if you choose to attend for four weeks.
The module is worth 10 Leeds credits = 5 ECTS. You can transfer the credits earned back to your home degree subject to approval.
GBP 1820: Includes tuition, accommodation, breakfast and lunch, Monday - Friday, academic field trip, weekend cultural excursions, social programme and premium gym membership.
Scholarships worth £500 are available for students with good academic standing to help pay your fees. You can apply as part of your application to LISS.