Course: Animal Biotechnology

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Course title Animal Biotechnology
Course code KGZB/ZBT
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study 2
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 6
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Čítek Jindřich, prof. Ing. CSc.
  • Večerek Libor, Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
Contents of blocks and seminars: 1. Biotechnology in livestock breeding - general introduction. 2. Biotechnology in the field of animal reproduction. 3. Introduction to the issue of artificial insemination of livestock. 4. Bovine insemination: bovine semen collection, ejaculate quality analysis; conservation of bull ejaculate; sex of semen in cattle; performing insemination with frozen bovine semen. 5. Synchronization of oestrus and ovulation of stallions, OVSYNCH method. 6. Species differences in insemination issues. 7. Embryo transfer in cattle. Cryopreservation of embryos. Innovative vitrification techniques. 8. Reproductive cloning of animals. 9. Biotechnology in animal health. Possibilities of therapeutic interventions in the immune system of animals. 10. Active immunization, vaccination, vaccination history, types of vaccines. ELISA tests. Examples of vaccinations in livestock, mammals and poultry. 11. Passive immunization. Hyperimmune sera, therapeutic use of immunoglobulins. Monoclonal antibodies. Hybridoma technologies. 12. Biotechnology in animal nutrition. The importance of probiotics in the nutrition and health of livestock. Required properties, effects on the organism. Used probiotic organisms, microorganisms. The importance of prebiotics. 13. Application of biotechnologies in fish farming. 14. Application of biotechnology in beekeeping.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing)
  • Preparation for credit - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 30 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 56 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the current state of knowledge in the field of animal biotechnology of individual species of livestock, the perspective directions of their development with emphasis on reproduction, health, nutrition with use especially in breeding and cattle farming practice.
Students have an overview of animal biotechnologies focused on breeding and breeding practice.
Genetics I - KSPR / GEN1, Genetics II - KSPR / GEN2, Biochemistry - KCH / BCHVZ

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam

Adequate level of knowledge in the field of animal breeding, molecular and population genetics.
Recommended literature
  • Flajšhans, M. et al. Genetika a šlechtění ryb.2. rozš. A upr. Vydání Vodňany: Jihočeská univerzita v Českých Budějovicích, Fakulta rybářství a ochrany vod, 2013.. JU Vodňany, 2013.
  • Ramadass, P. Animal biotechnology: recent concenpts and developments, MJP Publishers, Chenai, 2017.. 2017.
  • Říha, J. et al. Biotechnologie v chovu a šlechtění hospodářských zvířat, Vydavatel VÚCHS Rapotín, 177 s. 1999.. VÚCHS Rapotín, 1999.
  • Toman, et al. Veterinární imunologie, Grada, 2., 392 s. 2009.. 2009.

Study plans that include the course
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