Lecture 40h, Excursion 10h, Seminar 10h


Students are able to describe the principles and functions of agro-ecosystems, understand nutrient cycles and options for their improvement as an important basis of organic farming, evaluate systems of land use with a particular focus on organic modes of production and their role in agro-ecosystems, assess the role of livestock for nutrient cycling and with respect to the conservation of plant and animal biodiversity in (sub)tropical settings.

  • Altieri, M. 1987: Agroecology: the scientific basis of alternative agriculture. Westview Press, Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • Willer, H. et al. 2008: The World of Organic Agriculture - Statistics and Emerging Trends 2008, IFOAM, Bonn, Germany
  • Kristiansen et al. 2006: Organic agriculture – global perspective, CSORO Publishing, Collingwood, Australia
  • Current scientific literature

Zulassungsvoraussetzungen gemäß § 9 PO MSc Ökologische Landwirtschaft


Oral Examination (ca. 15 min) 70%, Presentation (ca. 20 min + ca. 10 S.) 30%

  • Visits of organic farms
  • History of organic farming, current develop-ments
  • development, evaluation and comparison of land use management systems under diverse natural, economic and sociocultural conditions
  • nutrient cycling in plant-animal systems
  • sitespecific contributions of legumes to N supply
  • P availability, P recycling and use of rock phos-phates
  • modes of P supply in farming systems
  • EC, Australian, Japanese and North American regulations for organic farming – problems and op-portunities.