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Taught Masters

Msc in Conservation and Utilisation of Plant Genetic Resources.

I gained an MSc in Conservation and Utilisation of Plant Genetic Resources (with merit) from The University of Birmingham in collaboration with The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 2006.

The course provided me with the practical and theoretical skills required to conserve and utilise botanical diversity for the benefit of all living organisms, including:

  • An understanding of genetic variation within crops and wild species botanical diversity
  • The competence to formulate conservation management policies
  • The skills to implement and integrate ex situ, in situ and in vitro conservation strategies
  • The ability required to manage ex situ and in situ collections
  • An understanding of breeding and biotechnology, and how genetic resources may be utilised
  • The aptitude to identify, research and resolve detailed scientific problems
  • An introduction into the international conservation and utilisation community
  • An knowledge of ethical, moral and economic issues involved in the conservation and utilisation of botanical diversity

Module 1

Basic genetics and data management

  • Statistics
  • Computing
  • Data management
  • Database management
  • Introductory cytogenetics
  • Basic genetics

Module 2

Plant conservation and quantitative genetics

  • Complementary conservation
  • Ecogeography
  • Ex and In situ conservation
  • Restoration ecology
  • Seed conservation and gene banks
  • Quantitative genetics

Module 3

Sustainable plant utilisation and biotechnology

  • Plant breeding
  • Biotechnology
  • Plant tissue culture
  • In vitro conservation
  • Politics of conservation and use
  • Ethics of conservation and use

Module 4

Botanical diversity studies

  • Genetics of conservation
  • Reproductive biology
  • Genetics of disease resistance
  • Crop evolution and plant diversity
  • Applied taxonomy
  • Botanical diversity

      Field Course: Nothern Moroccan Herbarium Specimen Collecting Mission through The University of Birmingham in collaboration with ICARDA, the Hassan II Institute of Agronomy & Veterinary Medicinee, Rabat and The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Images down right hand side of page.

      Research Project: Genetic Identification of the Putative Sodium Transporter Gene CHX14 in Arabidopsis thaliana.

      (Thesis available on demand, please enquire at

      I was also the course representative which entailed liaising between the staff and students to maximise output from the course for both parties.

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      Moroccan Delights











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