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Module 1: Basic Biotechnology

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An introduction to traditional cross-breeding and genetic engineering of plants, and to biotechnology.


Objectives - Basic Biotechnology

Jennifer Flak
Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Julie Albrecht
Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

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After completing Module One: Nutrition Basic Biotechnology, participants should be able to:

  • Describe one similarity between traditional cross-breeding and genetic engineering of plants.
  • Give two limitations that are encountered with traditional cross-breeding of plants.
  • Explain why genetic engineering is not limited in the same way as traditional cross-breeding.
  • Define biotechnology in broad terms.
  • List three plant applications of biotechnology.
  • List the three areas of nutritional profiles that have been improved with biotechnology.

Development of this lesson was supported in part by USDA Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems (IFAFS)
and the Cooperative State Research, Education, & Extension Service, U.S. Dept of Agriculture under Agreement Number 00-52100-9710.  Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


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