Green biotechnology and intelligent mariculture

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Course objectives
- In lectures, to provide a framework for understanding contemporary constraints and opportunities for modern use of marine biomass for food and non-food products within a framework of integrated culture
- In paper analysis and small group work, develop skills in critical analysis and provide confidence in working with complex concepts in biology and society;
- In oral presentations, promote skills in succinct oral communication of science;
- In essays, promote scientific writing skills and to encourage the use of library, archival, electronic and other reference sources.


The unit will focus on the expected changes in society and technology, ranging from the shift in the supply of resources, the growing need for efficiency and sustainability of the production systems, changing consumer perception and behaviour and changing mariculture systems and practices. Many of these changes are expected to speed up the transition from a fossil-based to a bio-based economy and society. The module provides an understanding of the use of raw materials such as water, energy and land/coastal waters in industry and transport. It lays the foundation for further in-depth studies of ways in which biotechnology can support recycling, reuse of existing materials and in the generation of new supplies of raw materials.

During lectures and workshops, the following topics will be covered :

Chapter 1:  industrial sustainability

Chapter 2: risk (perception and assessment)and  safety in biotechnology

Chapter 3: environmental impact of biotechnology

Chapter 4 : integrated agri-aquaculture systems (IAAS).


G. Acquaah. Understanding Biotechnology: An Integrated and Cyber-Based Approach 1st Edition. Publisher: Pearson Prentice Hall. ISBN-13: 978-0130945006 .

A. Scragg. Environmental biotechnology.2nd edition. Publisher: Oxford University Press. ISBN-13: 9780199268672

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