OSHR 3037 - Genetic Engineering in Agriculture (Perk Series Lecture)

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Humans have been modifying the genetics of plants ever since they started saving the seeds of particularly productive plants for use in the next growing season (approximately 12,000 yrs. ago). In the 20th century, we dramatically increased yields and disease resistance in most crops by exploiting our understanding of Mendelian genetics.

In recent years, we have been able to modify a variety of desirable traits in many crops by using the tools of recombinant DNA technology. The aim of this presentation will be to outline the techniques used to create genetically modified crops starting with domestication 12,000 years ago and ending with genetic engineering using recombinant DNA technology.

We'll also discuss the limitations and potential for genetic engineering to help develop a secure and sustainable food supply for the nine billion people that will occupy the earth by 2050.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.