How can ag biotechnology contribute to food security? Learn about the latest seed research, the impact of environmental issues and sustainability, biology/chemistry/food science labs, industry experts & tours, and get free classroom materials. Hotel and food costs are covered by the Ohio Soybean Council & DuPont Pioneer. Ashland graduate credit is available.
Past participants are encouraged to come and bring colleagues to this expanded two-day event with a new location, new field trip and Level 2 labs.
Biotechnology Skills and Topics - Days 1 and 2
Level 1: Ag Biotechnology 101
- Overview – What is biotechnology? How does it connect medical, forensics, agricultural and environmental topics?
- DNA review – basic cell structure, molecular genetics review
- Genetic Engineering / How are genes moved? – conceptual understanding using models
- Introduction to restriction enzymes
- Basic soybean plant structure and life cycle– similarities, differences, how this relates to hybrids and saving seed
- Intro to micropipetting
- Basic Gel Electrophoresis – making gels, loading wells, running gels, interpreting results
Level 2 Ag Biotech in Action: Food Science (returning attendees)
- Continued practice with micropipetting, serological pipetting
- Build Your Own Gel Electrophoresis
- Product Development
- Measurement Skills
- Aseptic Techniques
- Stem/Science Fair Topic Ideas
- Regulatory Agencies/ New Government Policies in Food Science
Level 1 and Level 2
- Industry Speakers including Field Agronomist, Soybean Researcher, Business & Communications, Ag Production and others
- Industry tours
Each teacher will receive over $300 worth of classroom lab supplies. 18 hours of contact time will be awarded for the 2 day workshop and 1 hour of graduate credit from Ashland University is available for $175.