Genes and Chemicals in Agriculture: Value and Risk (BIO 435-435H/535, FS 435-435H/535)
Lecture and Recitation Schedule & Presentations
(Lecture presentations will generally not be available until after lectures are completed)

Wk Date Topic Instructor
THE BASICS
1 Mar 29 Class organization, rationale, goals. GMO and TOX issues Strauss/Stone
Mar 29
REC: Review of DNA basics
Strauss
Mar 31 Plant genetic engineering methods
(SHORT INTRO ESSAY DUE)
Strauss
2 Apr 5 History of domestication and breeding; green revolution Hayes
Apr 5
REC: Anti- and pro-GMO views: What and why
Strauss/Stone
Apr 7 Intellectual property in crop breeding and biotechnology Myers
3 Apr 12 Breeding and genomics concepts, application to animals
(READINGS QUIZ 1)
Harry
Apr 12
REC: Risk perception
Strauss/Stone
Apr 14 Animal biotechnology, cloning, rBST for milk production Harry
4 Apr 19 GMO crops and sustainability Lambrinos
Apr 19
REC: Biomonitoring of environmental chemicals
Stone/Strauss
Apr 21 Gene flow and adventitious presence
(READINGS QUIZ 2)
Mallory-Smith
5 Apr 26 Toxicology Basics Stone
Apr 26
REC: Ethics
Strauss/Stone
Apr 28 Natural toxins in food and environment
(SECOND ESSAY DUE)
Stone
6 May 3 MIDTERM - in class (includes entire text book) Strauss/Stone
May 3
REC: Organic agriculture: How, what and why
Azarenko
May 5 Risk assessment of chemicals Stone
7 May 10 Regulating GMOs, chemicals and pesticides Strauss/Stone
May 10
REC: Videos!: Youtube or other / GMOs and chemical technology is the solution to your problem
Strauss/Stone
ISSUES AND CASE STUDIES
May 12 Forest Biotechnology Strauss
8 May 17 Developmental toxicology Tanguay
May 17
REC: Videos!: Youtube or other / GMOs and chemicals are the reason for your problem
Strauss/Stone
May 19 Bt corn and the StarLink saga
(THIRD ESSAY DUE)
Sudakin
9 May 24 Bioreactor crops Strauss
May 24
REC: Biofortification / Golden rice and humanitarian/developing world issues
Zhu/Strauss/Stone
May 26 Nanotechnology and toxicology Harper
10 May 31 Discussion panel 1: BPA ban/perchlorate regulation Stone/Strauss
May 31
REC: Q and A and review session for final exam / student questions
Stone/Strauss
June 2 Discussion panel 2: Ban or label? GE salmon/Amylase corn
(WIKIPEDIA ENTRY FOR GRAD-HONORS STUDENTS DUE)
Stone/Strauss
11 June 8 (noon,
Pvy 108)
FINAL EXAM Strauss/Stone