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Module

ACE2024 : Principles of Agronomy and Crop Improvement

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ankush Prashar
  • Other Staff: Dr Paul Bilsborrow
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To provide basic knowledge and understanding of the main principles underpinning the performance of temperate arable crops which are set by environmental, management and genotypic factors and the practical applications of these principles. This module focuses on two aspects: 1) Principles of agronomy - the impacts of major environmental factors (solar radiation, temperature and water supply) on crop physiology, growth, yield and quality and their management : 2) Principles of crop improvement breeding of main arable crops for yield, quality, pest and disease resistance; evaluation and utilisation of new varieties; seed production and certification.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Agronomy
Climatic influences on crop production
Climatic and weather recording equipment
Crop yield and dry matter production
Growth and development as a determinant of yield
Measurements of crop growth
Radiation and temperature effects on crop performance
Crop water relationships and irrigation
Crop rotations

2. Crop improvement
Plant genetics: concepts and applications
Contribution of breeding to crop improvement
Plant breeding objectives
Fundamentals of plant breeding
Breeding of individual crop plants
Biotechnology in crop improvement
Evaluation of new varieties
Intended Seed production and legislation

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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