940332 Genetically modified organisms in the environment

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Schlötterer, Christian , Hauser, Marie-Theres
Offered in
Sommersemester 2023
Languages of instruction


• Methods for the production of transgenic plants
• Genome editing with the CRISPR/Cas Systems
• Transgene containment strategies in plants
• Methods for the production of transgenic animals
• Detection of transgenic organisms
• Antibiotic resistance in natural environments
• Horizontal gene transfer of naked DNA to mammals, bacteria, plants
• Natural transgenic food crop - horizontal gene transfer
• Cross pollination (see horizontal gene transfer plants, gene flow)
• Population replacement strategies (transgenic insects)
• Fitness of transgenic plants (weediness)
• Fitness of transgenic fishes
• Bt-toxin problematic (general introduction, effects of Bt-toxin on non-target organsims, resistance management pyramiding, persistence of Bt-toxin in soils)
• Resistance managment strategies
• Alternative insect pest resistance breeding
• Comparison - traditional and GMOs on arthopod populations
• EU Court of Justice decision 2018 on genome editing
• Genome editing legislation around the world

Previous knowledge expected

basics in molecular biology and genetics

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Student get an overview of recent publications and discussions on the release and risk assessment of transgenic organisms in the environment. They get familiar with the production and detection of transgenic organsims. Students should be able to judge and to evaluate the different pro- and cons arguments based on scientific criteria.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.