Fundamentals of Arable Crop Production

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Fundamentals of Arable Crop Production

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This module is presented in four sections.
    Part 1 and 2 (Dr A Feechan ) Crop Genetics and Breeding / Crop Pathogens
    Plant genetics and molecular assisted breeding including plant reproduction in the context of breeding will be covered. The domestication of crops and the associated genetic changes that have taken place in these crop species will be discussed.
    The interaction of crops with micro-organisms will be examined for both pathogenic and symbiotic relationships and the genes involved in determining the outcome of these interactions.
    In part 3 ( Dr T McCabe) Arable cropping systems and crop rotations in Europe are compared and contrasted with world cropping systems. Key practices and innovations in crop farming worldwide are introduced including GM crops and no-till agriculture. Intensive cropping systems are outlined with input : output details and the student is given an opportunity to complete a short computer-based project on input and output studies in winter wheat.
    In part 4 (Prof J Burke) there is an introduction to crop physiology. and its role in crop management and yield. Topics covered include plant phenological development, crop canopies and light interception and dry matter production, photoperiod / vernalisation, crop genetic improvement, genetic modification and GM techniques / GM crops.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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