One of the emerging fields in plant biology is developing crop plant cultivars with more stress resilient, disease resilient, nutrient efficient, and increased yield using new genome editing and design techniques.
Some of the new products of synthetic biology (SynBio) include chemicals, biofuels, medicines, synthetic cells, plant genes, or promoters. Moreover, adaption of nitrogen fixation to major staple food crops could let non-legumes fix their own nitrogen fertilizer in the future.
- SLO 24.01: Apply the best practices for learning Synthetic Biology, CRISPR Gene Editing
- SLO 24.02: Describe the characteristics of CRISPR technology
- SLO 24.03: Describe the characteristics of synthetic biology
- SLO 24.04: Describe CRISPR/Cas9 tools for plants
- SLO 24.05: Identify given plant species with their scientific names based on their key features
- SLO 24.06: Explain how CRISPR could be used for improved nutrient usage
- SLO 24.07: Explain how CRISPR could be used for improving crop yield
- Assessment 1: TRUE or FALSE: Dr. George Church (Professor of Genetics @ Harvard) is considered the father of Synthetic Biology.
- Assessment 2: TRUE or FALSE: Self-fertilizing plants may be possible in the future with SynBio.
- Assessment 3: TRUE or FALSE: Programmable plant seeds may be possible in the future with SynBio for colonization of Mars.
- Assessment 4: TRUE or FALSE: Medicine producing plant seeds may be possible in the future with SynBio.