Animal/Plant Biotechnologists use their knowledge of living organisms to create new animal or plant-based products such as pest-resistant crops and pharmaceuticals.
What does an Animal/Plant Biotechnologist do?
Animal/Plant Biotechnologists may perform the following tasks:
- study the genetic make-up of plants, animals, humans and micro-organisms
- study micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi, yeast, and their enzymes
- use cellular and molecular techniques to produce novel crops that are more resistant to disease or have increased productivity
- develop and test methods of making new products
- meet with clients to discuss problems and propose solutions using biotechnology
- monitor production trends and data
- work out budget and production costs, and prepare funding or patent applications
- participate in intellectual property negotiations related to their field of expertise.
What personal requirements will you need?
- knowledge of biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology and physics
- an understanding of industrial processes
- knowledge of safety procedures relating to the hazardous substances they use
- an understanding of statutory and ethical responsibilities relating to genetic engineering
- practical skills for performing experiments and operating scientific equipment
- skill in analysing and interpreting research results
- ability to communicate complex research findings to a range of audiences
- writing skills, for writing reports or proposals.
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