Module M.SIA.P07: Soil and plant science
Learning outcome, core skills:
Compulsary bridging module for students entering the SIA program (i) either lacking basic knowledge in some agronomy disciplines and/or (ii) furnishing a refreshment of agricultural principles linked to organic cropping systems. With the help of lectures and reading materials students will be enabled to get updated on state-of-the art knowledge with a special focus on questions pertinent to organic agriculture. Students, having taken this module, will be able to follow advanced courses in the above fields.
of soil and plant science. Exemplary agricultural systems in temperate and
tropical environments are analysed in a very condensed form, covering 4
disciplines Soil Science, Plant nutrition, Plant breeding & genetics and
- Soil Science: Physical properties (texture, soil water, pore space), chemical properties (buffering, exchange capacity, nutrients), biological properties (organic matter, edaphon), soil formation and classification.
- Plant nutrition: Role of major and minor elements in plants, nutrient availability and nutrient mobilisation, plant nutrients and food quality
- Plant breeding and genetics: plant morphology, genetics and breeding: principles ofplant domestication and use, characterization and evaluation, use of genetic resources in plant breeding, genetic basis for plant breeding.
- Plant protection: principles of plant pathology
and entomology, genetics of plant diseases, epidemiology, plant defence
mechanisms; insect physiology and ecology, principal approaches to
designing integrated control programs.