PPH-30306 Plant Cell and Tissue Culture


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. KJ van 't Klooster
Dr. CMM Gommers
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. MGM Aarts
dr. ing. NCA de Ruijter
Dr. CMM Gommers
Examiner(s)dr. KJ van 't Klooster
dr. ing. NCA de Ruijter
Dr. CMM Gommers

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Basic knowledge on plant physiology, plant cell biology, and genetics, as taught in: GEN-11806 Fundamentals of Genetics and Molecular Biology; CLB-10803 Reproduction of Plants; PPH-10806 Structure and Function of Plants or equivalent courses.

Assumed knowledge will be tested with a digital assessment at the start of the course. This assessment will not affect your final mark.

Continuation courses:

MSc thesis PPH, CLB, GEN.


Note: This course has a maximum number of participants. The deadline for registration is one week earlier than usual. See Academic Year.(http://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/Current-Students/Agenda-Calendar-Academic-Year.htm) -> Registration for Courses. Students for whom this course is compulsory or a restricted optional in their study programmes will have priority, but nevertheless all students are advised to register as early as possible.

The aim of this course is to provide a thorough understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of plant cell and tissue culture. Topics include: plant regeneration, genetic modification, cellular & physiological aspects of differentiation and hormonal regulation of differentiation. 

Learning outcomes:

 After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

- grow, maintain and manipulate plant material in a laboratory setting for research and breeding purposes;
- explain and discuss the requirements for in vitro plant growth regarding plant hormones and nutrients;
- explain and discuss organogenesis and (somatic) embryogenesis of plants;
- apply in vitro plant transformation techniques and to explain and discuss the consequences of plant transformation and other cell and tissue culture techniques on the genetic state of the plant material; 
- carry out and interpret a range of common subcellular stainings to evaluate (in vitro grown) plant materials using bright field and fluorescent microscopy;
- find, read, understand, integrate and discuss literature in the field of plant cell and tissue culture;
- carry out and interpret standard experiments in the field of plant cell and tissue culture using general protocols;
- design, carry out, interpret and present an original experiment in the field of plant cell and tissue culture.


Theoretical aspects will be taught during lectures and by studying and discussing recent research papers. A large part of the course will be devoted to practical work. Besides 'standard' experiments, students will devise, set up and carry out their own new experiment. To support self-study of the course content some IT modules with assessments will be made available.


- written exam, with both open questions and multiple choice (50%);
- written reports of experiments (50%).

Restricted Optional for: MBTBiotechnologyMScA: Cellular/Molecular Biotechnology5AF
MPSPlant SciencesMScE: Plant Pathology and Entomology5AF
MPSPlant SciencesMScB: Greenhouse Horticulture5AF
MPBPlant BiotechnologyMScB: Plants for Human and Animal Health5AF
MPBPlant BiotechnologyMScC: Molecular Plant Breeding and Pathology5AF
Restricted Optional for: WUPBRBSc Minor Plant Breeding5AF