The purpose of the Nebraska Agricultural Biotechnology Career Development Event is to encourage students to explore the diversity of the Biotechnology Industry, in terms of basic knowledge, skills and applications of biotechnology to the workplace. The areas of agricultural biotechnology have important implications for the animal, plant, food, and pharmaceutical industries.

Agriculture Education courses that align with the Agricultural Biotechnology CDE include:

  • Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Plant Science
  • Horticulture
  • Plant Biology
  • Natural Resources
  • Biotechnology
  • Nursery and Landscape
  • Food Science
  • Advanced Food Science
  • Agronomy
  • and UNL AGRI 115
2024 Ag Biotechnology CDE Theme – Virus Resistant Papaya
The SunUp or Rainbow Papaya is a transgenic papaya developed by researchers from Cornell University and the University of Hawaii in the 1990s to resist the Papaya Ringspot Virus. The Papaya Ringspot Virus stunts the growth of papaya trees, decreases yields, and causes economic damage in areas where Papaya is a staple, like Hawaii and South America. The SunUp or Rainbow Papaya makes production without the Papaya Ringspot Virus possible.  See the link below for more information and study materials.

Click to view Ag Biotechnology CDE study materials.

**IMPORTANT REMINDER: All students must bring a fully-charged laptop or Chromebook to the event in 2023.  The poster event will be completed using Google Slides.


Leah Sandall
Plant Physiology, Weed, and Production Systems

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Interested in careers in Biotechnology? Visit the sites below to find out more about degrees, opportunities and careers related to this area.