Division Information: Biotechnology
Biotechnology includes crop development, animal science, and microbial science.
Within Biotechnology, crop development underscores that the interest
is not in just plants, but in plants which are involved in an
agricultural, horticultural or silvicultural (forestry) production.
Projects in this area may investigate problems of herbicide tolerance,
spacing, cultivation, irrigation, effect of soil variation, hybridization,
science projects would pertain to animals involved in agriculture
and aquaculture, those domesticated as pets, or for sport, as
well as projects where humans are participating in wild animals'
lives, perhaps through habitat revitalization, population management,
or harvesting. All projects involving animals demand careful
planning with respect to YSF Canada Regulations. Study-type
projects should be considered by pupils with an interest in animal
science. Possible topics include enhancement of animal production,
reproductive technologies, genetics and transgenics, animal health,
housing, training and interactions.
projects consider how microbials are affecting productivity in
agriculture, horticulture and forestry. Possible topics
include plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria, biological weed
and funal control, bio-fuel cells, etc.
which focus on the acquisition of knowledge about how something
lives should be categorized as Life Science, not Biotechnology.
The distinction is similar to that between Physical Science projects
and Engineering projects. In both cases projects in the
latter division deal with an application of knowledge to solve
a problem. Often the discriminating factor is in the student's
conceptualization of the project. There will be situations
where the choice is not clear.
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