Crop Production Science
- Module code
- Module leader
- Dr Hugh Martin
- Module level
- Module credits
- Min study time
- 150 hours
- Contact Hrs within study time
- 50 hours
- Teaching period
- Semester 1
This module consists of several subject areas that all relate to the scientific basis of the structure, physiology, growth, reproduction and development of crops together with their improvement, and the potential loss of crop yield and quality to weeds, pests and diseases.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Understand the importance of the classification of plants in relation to their utilisation in agriculture and horticulture.
- Use the scientific method of nomenclature in classification and understand the difference between natural and artificial classification systems.
- Develop an understanding of the anatomy and morphology of crop plants and the development of structures of significance in crop production.
- Understand and describe the process and significance of mitosis in plant growth.
- Appreciate the basis of the principal biochemical pathways and their role in growth processes and yield formation.
- Describe the principle components of the crop canopy and relate them to resource capture for growth and the significance of associated management inputs.
- Define and describe the terms “yield potential”, “absolute”, “attainable”, “affordable” and “actual” yield levels.
- Describe the constraints to realising the genetic yield potential of crops.
- Appreciate and describe the impact of pests, diseases and weeds on crops.
- Relate the biology of crop pests to the ecology of the associated crop and the importance of pest biology in the application of management practices
- Develop an understanding of major pathogen groups; symptom expression in relation to disease development; basic epidemiology and disease identification.
|Exam||Unseen exam (2 hours)||60%|
Students should be familiar with the content of at least one of the following:
- Hopkins, W.G. (1999). Introduction to Plant Physiology. John Wiley & Sons.
- Ingram, D., Vince-Prue, D. and Gregory, P.J. (2002). Science and the Garden: The Scientific Basis of Horticultural Practice. RHS Blackwell Science.
- Graham, L.E., Graham, J.M. and Wilcox, L.W. (2006). Plant Biology. Pearson, Prentice Hall.
- Simpson, B.B. and Orgorzaly, M.C. (1995). Economic Botany. (2nd edition). McGraw Hill.
- Simmonds, N.W. (1999). Principles of Crop Improvement. (2nd edition). Longman.
- Hall, D.O. and Rao, K.K. (1999). Photosynthesis. (6th edition). Cambridge University Press.
- Parry, D. (1990). Plant Pathology in Agriculture. Cambridge University Press.