The Biotechnology Learning Hub provides teaching resources for primary and secondary schools. We link modern biotechnology in New Zealand to the school curriculum.
The Biotechnology Learning Hub is funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), and managed by the University of Waikato.
How a tiny parasitic crab affects mussel aquaculture (Leigh Marine Laboratory).
Transgenic cows can be used to alter milk composition or to produce therapeutic proteins (AgResearch).
Adding fish oil to food without making it taste or smell fishy (Riddet Institute).
Mānuka honey is the active ingredient in a new wound dressing (University of Waikato and Comvita).
How biocontrol may help reduce possum numbers in New Zealand (AgResearch).
Casein proteins are extracted from milk for use in food products and infant formula (Tatua Dairy Cooperative).
Xenotransplantation could increase availability of donor cells, tissues and organs.
Biotechnology is used to diagnose and treat food intolerance and allergies.
Development of new biotechnology products for sale means considering design, feasibility, testing and quality.
New Zealand’s cultural and natural history gives us unique knowledge and materials for biotechnology.
Understanding cell biology and genetics will help us develop new biotechnologies.
Biotechnology is used to process trace evidence at crime scenes, such as hair, skin, blood or semen.
New solutions to health problems from beneficial bacteria, vaccines, stem cells or organ transplants.
Student activity: Finding a female pea crab
This card game models the journey of a male pea crab (a parasite of green-lipped mussels) from his mussel host and back again. This helps students explore why scientists think pheromones are likely to be important in the crab’s reproductive strategy and provides an introduction to discussions about potential future biocontrol of pea crabs.
In this activity, students observe green-lipped mussels to determine the impact...
Professor Andrew Jeffs, of Leigh Marine Laboratory, demonstrates how male and...
After Sir Paul Nurse’s lecture on The Five Great Ideas of Biology, the...
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