Applied Agricultural Science
- Module code
- Module leader
- Dr Stephen Chadd
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 150 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 30 hours
- Teaching period
- Semester 2
- Animal physiology, biology, genetics and breeding, milk hygiene and quality, nutrition and diets, health and welfare, growth and development.
- Principles and use of classification systems.
- Plant cell biology in relation to growth and production of new biomass.
- Physiological processes of importance to crop production.
- Plant nutrition and the biology of nitrogen fixation and assimilation.
- Plant and crop growth cycles, crop canopy development.
- Phenological aspects of crop growth and development – growth stages.
- Formation of yield; ‘absolute’, ‘potential’, ‘attainable’, ‘affordable’ and ‘actual’ yields.
- Constraints to yield; impact of crop pests, weeds and diseases.
- Biology of crop protection.
- Soil formation: geology, mapping and classification.
- Soil properties: texture, organic matter, structure, soil-plant-water relationships, drainage , hydrology
- Soil sampling and analysis.
- Soils and the environment: impacts of climate change, acidification, desertification, salination.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Apply their knowledge of the scientific basis of crop and livestock production to specific farming situations.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of crop and livestock growth and development and the limitations to productivity and yield within a sustainable production environment.
- Appreciate the value of an understanding of pest, weed and disease biology in the limitation of damage from biotic factors.
- Analyse livestock feedstuffs and identify the key components for profitable feeding regimes for different species
- Demonstrate an ability to assess soils for texture, pH and nutrients and provide advice to farmers on their effective management for sustainable production.
- Appreciate the implications of climate change on agricultural systems
|Coursework||Soils and Environment assignment||34%|
Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following
- Burton,L.D.(2010). Agriscience : fundamentals and applications. 5th Ed. Delmar
- Soffe, R.J. (2003). The Agricultural Notebook. 20th Ed. Blackwell Scientific. Soils
- Ashman, M.R. and Puri, G. (2002). Essential Soil Science. Blackwell Science.
- White, R.E. (2006). Principles and Practice of Soil Science. (4th edition) Blackwell Science.
- Abubakar,M. and Kul, A.S.O. (2015). The Role of Biotechnology in improvement of livestock. Springer.
- Appleby, M.C., mench, J.A.,Olsson, I.A. and Hughes, B.O. (2011). Animal Welfare.
- Field,T.G. and Taylor, R.E. (2012). Scientific Farm Animal Production. 10th Ed. Prentice Hall.
- Frandson, R.D. and Spurgeon, T.L. (2009). Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals. 7th Ed. Wiley-Blackwell.
- Garnsworthy, P.C. and Wiseman,J.(2014). Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition.Context.
- McDonald, P., Edwards, R.A., Greenhalgh, J.F.D. and Morgan, C. A., Sinclair,
- L.A. and Wilkinson, R.G.(2011). Animal Nutrition. 6th Ed. Longman.
- Lawrence, T.L.J.,Fowler, V.R.and Novakofski,J.E.(2012). Growth of Farm Animals. 3rd Ed. CABI.
- Thomas, A. (2015). Introducing Genetics. 2nd Ed. Garland Science.
- Willis, M.B. (1998). Dalton's Introduction to Practical Animal Breeding. 4th Ed. Blackwell Science.
- Hay, R.K.M. and Walker, A.J. (1989). An Introduction to the Physiology of Crop Yield. Longman.
- Hopkins, W.G. (1999). Intro to Plant Physiology. John Wiley & Sons.