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Applied methods in crop physiology (2018)


ECTS credits:

Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: PhD course
Time of year: November 2018
No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like: Preparation of pre report 12 hrs, 40+ hrs during course and 40 hrs post report
Capacity limits: 12 participants (min. 6)

Objectives of the course:
To give the students an up to date introduction to measurements of plant processes, both in the field and under protection, to allow them to select and develop suitable methods for measuring and analysing data in their PhD work. Furthermore, the course will present the newest knowledge and an overview of the current status of physiological measurement problems. New and emerging technologies will be presented.

Learning outcomes and competences:
At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Evaluate different physiological measurements
  • Be able to select relevant methods for their research purpose
  • Use the obtained knowledge to develop a relevant research protocol

Compulsory programme:
Each day will cover a number of lectures and hands-on exercises with measurement gear or computer models. Pre-course report (1 ECTS) on the background of the student’s project and expectations is mandatory. Additionally, a report based on the results of the course has to be to be prepared allowing for individual consultancy concerning experimental problems. All elements are mandatory.

Course contents:
All course elements will be combinations of theory and hands on in the lab.

Day 1 - 2: Photosynthesis
To give a good background for performing measurements of using traditional gas exchange, traditional chlorophyll fluorescence and related techniques for characterizing plant responses and phenotyping.

Day 3 - 4: Water relations in plants
To give a good background for understanding water status in plants when they are subjected to various stress conditions with emphasis on nitrogen and water.

Day 4 - 5: Roots – the hidden half
To give an understanding of root growth and nutrient dynamics in the soil and how this is measured and modelled.

The requirements are relevant courses in crop physiology from M.Sc. level. M.Sc. students considering crop physiology or engaged in thesis work can participate provided availability.

Name of lecturers:
Carl-Otto Ottosen, Aarhus University (AU), Hanne Lakkenborg Kristensen, AU, Fulai Liu Copenhagen University (UCPH), Eva Rosenqvist, (UCPH), Mathias N. Andersen, AU and external teachers

Type of course/teaching methods:
Lectures and exercises

Will be put on a shared dropbox folder before the course with recommendations for reading.

Course homepage:

Course assessment:
The assessment will be made based on the final report by one of the teachers.

Department of Food Science, Aarhus University

Special comments on this course:
Accommodation will be arranged near the location of the course and transport will be arranged. Since the course starts Monday morning the rooms are available from Sunday evening. Local transport will be arranged.

Participation in course: free.
Costs for accommodation and food: 8,000 DKK.
Cost for food only: 2,000 DKK.

12-16 November 2018

Course location: Department of Food Science, Aarhus University, Årslev, Denmark
Accommodation: Dalum Landbrugsskole, Odense, Denmark

Send an e-mail to course leader ASAP before 1 October 2018.

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