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300278 VO GMO - the ecological perspective (2019S)

Genetically Modified Organisms - the ecological perspective

2.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie


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Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Liebe StudentInnen!
Am Dienstag, den 5.3.2019, beginne ich gleich ohne Vorbesprechung mit der ersten Vorlesungseinheit. Die Vorlesung wird als Block gelesen. Wir werden viele aktuelle Themen wie etwa das EuGH-Urteil zu den neuen Techniken der Gentechnik (CRISPR etc.) thematisieren und diskutieren. Ich freue mich schon auf eine rege Teilnahme und interessante Wortmeldungen auch von Ihrer Seite her.
Herzliche Grüße
Kathrin Pascher

Tuesday 05.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Tuesday 19.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Tuesday 26.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Tuesday 02.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Tuesday 09.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Tuesday 30.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG
Tuesday 07.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal (Fakultätszentrum für Biodiversität) Rennweg EG


Aims, contents and method of the course

The lecture focusses on genetically modified (GM) crops. GM animals are also thematised and discussed.
The following topics will be addressed:
- What are genetically modified organisms and how are they produced?
- Which genetic modifications are currently aimed at?
- Which impacts of GMOs are expected to occur on natural plant and animal communities?
- newly developed techniques for genome editing e.g. CRISPR: potential risks from an ecological and ethical point of view
- selective advantage of transgenes and selective neutral traits
- impacts on the agrarian ecosystems originating from changes in the agrarian management due to the cultivation of GMOs (herbicide management), experience from other countries (e.g. Canada: 'gene stacking')
- the current situation of GMO cultivation worldwide and in the EU (e.g. Austria)
- labelling (e.g. organic products, non-genetically modified products)
- ecological risk assessment of GM oilseed rape, maize, potato and apricot
- coexistence management and evaluation of the proposed measures (e.g. thresholds, isolation distances, natural pollen-barriers) from an ecological point of view
- GM animals and their potential ecological risks
- international ecological risk research concerning GMOs
- recent news in connection with GMOs.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written or oral exam: 10 short questions

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Written exam: maximum of 16 points
mark 1: 16-14,1 points
mark 2: 14-12,1 points
mark 3: 12-10,1 points
mark 4: 10-8,1 points
mark 5: 8-0 points

Examination topics

Subject of the seven lecture units. Presentations can be followed in Moodle.

Reading list

Einschlägige wissenschaftliche Artikel zum Lehrstoff werden während der Vorlesung zur Verfügung gestellt.

Association in the course directory


Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:43