Plant biotechnology

Biotechnology is used in many ways in the agriculture and horiticulture industries.  Orchids have become a common site in many grocery stores because they can be grown on a large scale through biotechnology methods such as tissue culture.  Other plants are rapidly increasing production of food products such as corn and wheat because biotechnology methods have improved crop screening and seed development. 

Plants can also be genetically engineered to improve their resistance to disease and ability to tolerate conditions such as cold and drought.

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Genomics technicians use a range of technologies related to determining and comparing DNA and RNA sequences.  They isolate RNA and DNA from samples.  They construct libraries, perform quality control, carry out titrations, and work with a variety of microarray, PCR, and DNA sequencing ... Read more

These positions are for people who like to work with plants, enjoy being more outdoors, but also like to understand science.  They care for plants that have been created through genetic engineering and have to understand how to plant seeds, pollinate flowers, water and weed plant beds, plant ... Read more

These positions are also known by other names such as laboratory support worker, clean room technician, cleaning technician, glasswasher, laboratory helper, laboratory aide, and equipment preparation technician. Generally only a high school diploma is required but an individual ... Read more

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Jonathan Woo graduated from the Bio-Link Bridge to Bioscience Program at the City College of San Francisco. He currently works as a Student Assistant at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.Read more

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Students travel to biotechnology centers in North Carolina to learn how biotechnology can help solve global problems.

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In plant biotechnology, technicians may use tissue culture to propagate and grow plants.

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