This course offers a unique opportunity to develop your understanding of agriculture: the production of crops and animals, the interactions between agriculture and the wider environment, and the business and marketing skills needed to manage agricultural systems in a sustainable and profitable way. The flexibility of the degree allows you to select from a range of applied subjects in years two and three.
Our course has strong links with industry: senior staff from agricultural and food related businesses are directly involved with teaching. The course is based at Sutton Bonington Campus, also home to the University's 450-hectare commercial Farm and Dairy Centre.
University Farm and Dairy Centre
The 450 hectare University Farm is home to 200 dairy cows (robotically milked) plus 380 hectares of arable crops and land in environmental stewardship.
The farm is commercially run, with facilities for research and teaching in crop and livestock management and business management.
Environmentally, the farm has land in an organic rotation, uncropped field margins & corners and two 'beetle banks'.
Recent developments include robotic milking facilities, additional storage capacity for silage and new housing for the dairy young-stock.
One of the big issues at the farm from a management perspective is the introduction of 'NVZ' regulations- storing and spreading of animal manures will be more tightly controlled in the future.
The farm has a role in both our teaching and research: for example, your research project might involve trial work on the farm and financial information is available for case study work. The Farm Manager also gets involved, providing a strong link between the commercial farm and the teaching.
Your final year research project offers the opportunity to become involved in the research activities of one the country's top agricultural research centres on campus.
See our other agricultural sciences degree options: Agricultural and Livestock Science; Agricultural and Crop Science; Agricultural and Environmental Science
The first year provides an essential base of knowledge in agricultural sciences, from the level of molecules and cells, through whole plants and animals, to agricultural and food production systems. Contemporary Agricultural Systems is an applied module which puts your science into context with the current situation on-farm.
Years two and three
In the second year the flexibility of the degree allows you to select from a range of applied subjects in animals, crops and business. You can choose to specialise in one of three streams (below) or you can select subjects from across these A, B and C streams, or other subjects within the School of Biosciences:
A Animal production: teaching covers small and large ruminants, non-ruminants and companion animals, and animal production.
B Business management: incorporates rural business management, agricultural and food marketing and management consultancy.
C Crop production: you can study cereal and non-cereal field crops, genetic improvement of crops, world agro-ecosystems and current issues in crop science. In our applied module Crop Management Challenge you will grow your own crop of wheat!
Industry Placement year
You can take advantage of an optional industry placement between years two and three of your degree. This year-long placement as a paid employee allows you to develop a range of skills and enhance your employment prospects. Read more
International Study Options
Combining Agriculture with a Certificate in European Studies (D4R9) offers the opportunity to follow your chosen degree in another European country.
Students can also apply for a Universitas 21 placement at one of our partner universities enabling study periods in a variety of overseas locations including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA & China.
Sponsorships for this course
NIAB TAG’s Agricultural Science Student Education Training (ASSET) programme is a joint initiative with four leading crop science universities; Nottingham, Reading, Harper Adams and Newcastle, aimed at encouraging more students into the plant science sector. The programme supports crop science students in their studies by providing valuable agronomic information and leads, as well as important networking links with the applied research and agronomy industry through NIAB TAG.
Nottingham's Mike Neaverson (graduated 2012 BSc Crop Science) won a £3,000 bursary. Mike hopes to progress into a career in either farm management or agricultural consultancy.
Anglo Beef Processors (ABP) Bursary
The ABP offers a competitive bursary for applicants interested in livestock production. More details and Application Form
Scholarships - for details of scholarships, please visit the School website.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules we offer.
This introductory module examines the basic structure, properties and functions of the four key biological macromolecules namely- nucleic acids, proteins, carbohydrates and lipids. You’ll also be introduced to the basic metabolic pathways occurring in cells, such as respiration, photosynthesis and the biosynthetic pathways for the key macromolecules. You’ll have a four hour lecture and four hour practical each week to study for this module.
Genetics and Cell Biology
This module is designed to introduce you to the basic functional units of life: cells. In the first half of the module you’ll cover the fundamentals of genetic control and the cell cycle; while in the second part of this module the material included should allow you to progress to an understanding of the characteristics of cells in animals, plants and microbes. Over the course of this module, you’ll have twenty-six 1-hour lectures at 2-3 per week as well as three 2-hour and two 3-hour practicals at 1 per week.
Whole Organism Biology
Through this module, you’ll become familiarised with the diversity, structure and functional organisation of living organisms. This course deals with plants and animals from a functional standpoint and attempts to draw cross-kingdom parallels within the processes of resource acquisition allocation, reactions to the external environments, reproduction and development. You’ll have two to four lectures and self-study sessions per week over eleven or twelve weeks as well as three 2-hour practicals
You’ll gain foundation level knowledge of mathematics, physics and chemistry in order to compensate for gaps in understanding caused by differences in individual prior education and to ensure that you will have the basic knowledge of these key disciplines required to underpin future studies during your course. Over the course of the module you will have twenty-seven lectures/example classes, 21 hours student led study and 20 hours revision.
Applications of Biology
In this module, you’ll be introduced to a range of biological applications in global food production and other situations and facilitate consideration of the impact that these systems have on the environment and the social structure of communities. Emphasis will also be put on the integration of animals, plants and humans in food production. Over the course of the module you will have 26 1-hour lectures, 6 hours of demonstrations and 4 hours of practicals (total three hours per week).
Academic Development and Employability
This module aims to enhance your academic and professional development via small group work within tutor groups. You’ll become equipped in areas such as essay-writing, presentational skills (oral and written), critical interpretation of published materials, and other generic skills that should benefit you in other modules throughout your degree. You’ll have a one hour lecture and 45 minute tutorial each week to study for this module.
Contemporary Agricultural Systems
This module provides an overview of practical agricultural systems within commercial UK farm contexts. Fundamental concepts of agricultural systems and techniques are introduced via a series of on-farm visits and explanations, with these concepts being further developed by student centred learning, placing the information gained from the visits in the context of contemporary markets, policies and research findings.
Introduction to Nutrition
Through a weekly two hour lecture, you’ll be given a comprehensive introduction to the key concepts in the field of nutrition, including macronutrients, energy metabolism, vitamins and minerals. The role of nutrition in human disease will be introduced in the context of major public health issues (coronary heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes). Animal-specific content will include ruminant and comparative animal nutrition and animal product quality. Key academic and transferable skills will also be taught in lectures and tutorials, with a particular emphasis on evidence-based approach to nutrition.
Principles of Ecology
You’ll be given a general understanding of the interactions of organisms with one another and with the physical and chemical environment. You’ll learn about different levels from the biosphere to the population and learn how an understanding of ecology can help us manage our environment.
Genetics, Ecology and Evolution
This module considers the genetics, evolution, and ecology of living organisms, particularly focussing on studies at the organismal level. Major topics include: fundamentals of transmission genetics; quantitative and population genetics; molecular evolution; evolution of behaviour and ecology of populations.
Global Environmental Processes
Through a two hour weekly lecture, you’ll be given a general understanding of the physical, chemical and biological development of the Earth since the start of the Universe, as well as of the cyclical movement of the major materials such as carbon and nitrogen between biological and non-biological forms.
Environmental Science & Society
This module introduces you to the role and limitations of environmental science within the context practical environmental decision making. The three themes of the module which will be illustrated through a series of environmental case studies are: 1. General scientific methods. 2. The limits and assumptions of science 3. The social context of science based decision making. You’ll have a two hour lecture each week to study for this module.
This module is delivered through e-learning, supported by tutorials and farm visits and covers the morphology and physiology of forage grass species, identification of grass species, grassland systems in the UK and worldwide and conservation of grass (hay/silage). The module will consider grassland management within mixed farming systems and specific requirements for environmental stewardship schemes.
Regulation and Organisation in Animals
This module will examine organisation in animals from a foundation in animal cellular physiology through to the organisation of animals in society. Regulatory pathways, which integrate internal physiological responses with external influences will be investigated as well as discussing basic principles of cell communication in the context of cell-specific responses to developmental signals and environmental stresses. Topics covered will refer to genes, proteins and membranes, transport of molecules across membranes, nerve signalling and biorhythms. You’ll spend around two hours per week in lectures studying for this module.
Data Transfer, Analysis and Presentation
You’ll be given a basic understanding of numerical and statistical analyses and how to handle and present data using the University central computing facilities. The module will cover three main areas: (a) Access, storage, transfer and manipulation of data including spreadsheets and databases; (c) Presentation of data. You’ll spend 4 hours in lectures and have a two hour practical each week to study for this module.
Applied Entomology: Insect Biology, Ecology and Behaviour
This module aims to provide a foundation in the basic biology, physiology and behaviour of 'insects', their population biology and ecology and their status in managed plant communities. You’ll have two 1-hour lectures per week, three 2-hour practical classes and four videos to cover material for this module.
Through a weekly three hour lecture, you’ll be introduced to the conventional uses of plants and describe some of the problems associated with plant production including biotic and abiotic stresses. You’ll then discuss the techniques used to study plant science, including genetics and the use of mutants before being familiarised to the applications of biotechnology in plant science.
Genetics with Specialist Options
The broad aim of this module is to provide you with sufficient knowledge of fundamental and applied aspects of genetics to understand how genetic manipulation can be used to benefit agricultural science and production. By the end of the module you should be able to appreciate the contributions which can be made by both traditional and modern genetic techniques, to the analysis and manipulation of plants, animals or bacteria.
Introduction to Animal Physiology
You’ll be introduced to the major physiological systems including the central nervous system, the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system, the renal system and the digestive system through a two hour lecture delivered each week.
Applied Crop Science
In this module, you’ll develop an understanding of cropping systems and how they are influenced by soil type in both temperate and tropical regions of the world. Appropriate strategies for weed, pest and disease control in arable crops will be discussed alongside conservation agriculture. The module also aims to develop an awareness of recent developments and current research in crop science. You’ll have a weekly four hour lecture as well as 2 four-hour practicals in order to study for this module.
Economic Analysis for Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
The module aims to equip you with an understanding of economic ideas and principles and to show how these can be used to explain a range of economic problems of interest to Agricultural Scientists. You’ll cover this module through a three hour lecture each week as well as a farm visit to further aide learning.
This is an introductory module which provides a basic understanding of the nature and properties of soil and the application of soil chemistry, biology and physics to land management and environmental science. Broadly, the topics covered include: soil formation; clay mineralogy; soil organic matter (microbiology and chemistry); soil texture and structure; characteristic soil reactions (acidity, redox); the major and minor plant nutrients (chemistry and microbiology); soil fauna and flora; water relations (irrigation and drainage). You’ll spend around five hours in lectures each week to study for this module.
Plant Physiology: Principles of Resource Capture
This module is designed to introduce you to the key processes by which individual plants and plant communities capture and use physical resources i.e. light, water and nutrients, and provides an understanding of the physical and chemical processes and key biological processes involved. By the end of the module, you should understand not only the individual mechanisms, but also appreciate the importance of their integration into whole plant and community processes and the relevance of this to contemporary environmental and agricultural issues. You’ll spend around four hours a week in lectures as well as three hours of practicals to cover material for this module.
Research Techniques in Agriculture, Plant and Animal Science
This module aims to equip you with the necessary knowledge of experimentation, data analysis and measurement techniques to carry out research in animal, crop or management science. You’ll spend around eight hours in lectures and workshops to study for this module.
Research Project in Agriculture I
This is an introductory module to a more extensive research-based module which will be taken in year three of the degree course. You’ll be expected to familiarise yourself with the current literature relevant to your project and to begin experimental or survey work as appropriate. You’ll carry out this module through private study using internet, library and laboratory facilities supported by regular tutorials with your project supervisor.
Applied Animal Science
You’ll gain an appreciation of applied nutrition and growth and welfare of farmed animals, in order to enable you to integrate your knowledge of animal physiology, nutrition and management do that you can analyse critically systems of production for the commercially important species. You’ll have a weekly four hour lecture to study for this module.
Practical Animal Physiology
This module will build on information learnt in ‘Introduction to Animal Physiology’ with four hour practical classes covering aspects of the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system, gut histology and computer aided learning.
Climate Change Science
This module presents a broad overview of the science behind climate change and its effects. These topics are: historical climate change; the principles of climate forcing; the role of modelling; responses of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, including impacts on humans; the political environment; and options for climate stabilization. You’ll have a two hour lecture each week to study for this module.
You’ll gain knowledge of the chemical composition and physical structure of major food commodities and relate this information to quality changes on storage, transport and primary processing. You’ll also explore the mechanisms of global trade, and the factors affecting the food commodities markets through a three hour lecture delivered weekly.
Through a weekly three hour lecture, this module will describe the main applications of plant biotechnology and the genetic basis of these applications. Topics will include tissue culture and its applications, the properties of plant symbionts and pathogens as they relate to biotechnology and the different applications of plant genetic engineering. Production of both novel and traditional plant products and their uses in biotechnological industries will also be discussed as will the genetics of plants and bacteria as they relate to genetic manipulation of plants. The ethics of plant biotechnology will be debated and practical classes will give hands-on experience.
Introductory Plant Pathology
Microbial pathogens are responsible for causing serious economic losses to crops throughout the world. This module aims to provide information about the biology of major groups of disease causing organisms, to introduce the processes that control infection development and to review the control options available to farmers and growers. You’ll have a two hour lecture each week to study for this module.
Molecular Pharming: assessing the impact of genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
Transgenic research promises to generate novel products and the creation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is having a major impact on modern agriculture. This module will provide theoretical and practical knowledge as to how transgenic organisms are engineered. You’ll assess the technologies used to generate transgenic animals and plants then describe examples currently being developed for commercial uses. Following this comprehensive briefing on the 'nuts and bolts' of generating GMOs, ethical, commercial and environmental concerns will be debated with invited experts. You’ll have a three hour lecture each week to study for this module.
You’ll develop effective communication skills in the Biosciences, through a series of lectures, tutorials and interactive workshops on topics including: advice and guidance on the maintenance of a reflective diary and importance of reflective learning skills; principles of different styles of communication to informed and lay audiences, including debating skills; skills in Word and PowerPoint; guest lectures from journalists and educationalists. You’ll spend two hours a week in lectures as well as three hours each week completing coursework assignments.
Crop Management Challenge
The module introduces you to crop management decision making in practice through a team-based (2 – 3 students per team) activity which draws upon knowledge acquired in previous, pre-requisite modules. Working in small teams, and supported by teaching staff, you’ll be responsible for making management (crop science and business) decisions relating to the production of a plot of wheat, as for commercial purposes. The management inputs and decisions made will be implemented by technical staff, thus in effect students combine the roles of a professional agronomist and farm manager. Each team will document the decisions they make and this will provide material for module assessment.
Agricultural and Food Marketing
You’ll be given an introduction to marketing and its importance in food production as well as identifying market segments, targeting and positioning products for these markets. You’ll examine characteristics of agricultural markets, producer and retailer bargaining power, vertical and horizontal integration, group marketing and co-operation. You’ll have a four hour lecture each week to study for this module.
You’ll undertake a detailed study of theoretical and applied aspects of endocrinology, covering the biochemistry and molecular biology of hormone action, the role of growth factors in physiology and the evolution of hormones and hormone families. You’ll have a two hour lecture and three hour seminar each week to study for this module.
Principles of Animal Nutrition
You’ll examine topics such as: dietary energy and nutritional energetics; protein and amino acid nutrition; regulation of appetite and energy expenditure and determining nutritional challenges of the future. A weekly three hour lecture will cover the material needed to study for this module.
This module concerns the ways in which animals cope with the problems and take advantage of the opportunities associated with living in different environments. Lectures and associated practical classes will examine physiological adaptations in a wide range of animal species and the ways in which these adaptations are related to survival and success in different habitats. Topics will include: animal form and function; the need to feed; water, ions, osmoregulation and excretion; circulation and respiration; temperature and thermoregulation; reproduction; hormones and chemical control and nerves muscles and coordination.
Computer Modelling in Science: Introduction
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the use of computing models in the biological and environmental sciences for simulation and data analysis. You’ll have a two hour lecture and two hour computer class each week to study for this module.
This module introduces the range of natural and agricultural species and their geographical distributions. The characteristics of climatic and soil factors that determine the distribution and productivity of contrasting vegetation types are considered. In particular, the present-day distributions and original centres of diversity of the major crop types are considered in terms of natural resources and human interventions. You’ll have a weekly four lecture to study for this module.
Molecular Biology of the Cell
You’ll be given a basic understanding of the key molecular processes in plant and animal cells including DNA replication, RNA and protein synthesis and mechanisms of membrane trafficking. You’ll also focus on recent advances in regulation of gene expression and cover wide ranging topics from transcription factors, RNA interference, targeted protein degradation to epigenetic regulation of gene expression. You’ll have a weekly three hour lecture to cover material for this module.
Typical Year Three Modules
This module will provide you with an opportunity to use your initiative and knowledge to undertake an original research project under the supervision of an individual member of academic staff. You will design the study, gain familiarity with the techniques, undertake data collection, debate ethical issues and where appropriate safety procedures relevant to the topic. You’ll undertake appropriate quantitative analysis and prepare a report of approximately 5000 words.
This is an important of your degree, providing an opportunity to participate in the work of one of the country's top agricultural research centres.
Research at Nottingham is funded by the Department of Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Home-Grown Cereals Authority, the Milk Development Council, the Tyndall Centre for Climatic Change Research, government research councils and industry. This funding enables us to teach the most modern and exciting aspects of Agriculture. If you are interested in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from dairy herds, managing farms under the new agricultural policy environment (what would you do with the University Farm's set-aside land?); if you want to be involved in research into the influence of diet on reproductive performance in pigs or milk production in dairy cattle; if you want to know how seed rate and fertiliser application influences winter wheat production, Nottingham is the place to be.
Recent Research Projects have included:
A comparison of antibiotics and homeopathy in the treatment of clinical mastitis in dairy cows
Can spring measurements of crop characteristics provide a good indication of lodging risk in wheat?
Climate change impacts on East Anglian farms
Energy and protein retention in growing and finishing pigs
Do Supermarkets influence farmgate prices?
Non-food production and its potential in UK agriculture
Effects of field margins on the biological control of aphids
Variation in milk fatty acid composition with diet
Rhabdomyolysis syndrome in horses: an epidemiological study
Measuring trade-offs between profit and environmental impact on arable farms
A life cycle assessment of milk production at The University of Nottingham farm
Rural Business Research Unit
On campus, this unit is lead centre for the government-funded Farm Business Survey, collecting financial and environmental data from over 1900 farms, which is available for your research project.
Read BURN the Biosciences Undergraduate Research at Nottingham web pages to find out more about undergraduate research projects. BURN is a freely accessible e-journal which showcases final-year research projects undertaken by biosciences students.
Field Crops Cereals
This module is designed to provide an analysis of the production of cereal crops. Emphasis will be placed on understanding production strategies for the major grain cereals, with particular emphasis on factors controlling yield and quality. The structure and function of the Gramineae will be presented and the influence of the environment and management practices on crop growth and development examined. This understanding will be used to show how the management of different cereal crops can be optimised to meet the requirements of specific environments and end-uses. You’ll have a four hour lecture each week to study for this module.
Rural Business Management
This module will develop your knowledge of business management principles and provide you with an opportunity to apply these principles to the type of problems facing rural businesses at the present time. You’ll also learn and practice teamwork, time management and data analysis skills which are vital when working in business. Staff involved in the management and financing of rural businesses will provide you with an insight into how business works and will provide feedback on your reports and presentations. You’ll have a four hour lecture each week to study for this module.
Applied Bioethics 1: Animals, Biotechnology and Society
The module consists of four hours a week of lectures and associated seminars on: bioethical theory, research with animals, animal agriculture, applications of modern biotechnology to animals, animals and professional ethics, generic issues concerning: risk, precaution and trust; political dimensions of the biosciences; research bioethics.
Companion Animal Science
You’ll study the scientific principles governing nutrition, health and welfare of major companion species: cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, zoo animals/exotics. You’ll spend two hours a week in lectures studying for this module.
Livestock Production Science
Through a weekly four hour lecture, you’ll link previously acquired scientific knowledge of physiology, nutrition, genetics, health, welfare and management when studying the production of meat/milk/eggs and health. You’ll undertake a detailed study of integration of the production, nutrition, product quality, management and health of beef and dairy cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry at UK and global scales.
Coordinated Physiological Functions
This module examines the physiological basis of integrated behaviours. It covers hypothalamic control of the endocrine system, body temperature, emotion, appetite and their associated behaviours. It also has a significant practical component concerned with integrative aspects of exercise physiology. You’ll have a two hour lecture and one hour practical each week to study for this module.
This module will further develop your understanding of the specialised knowledge encompassing the subject of animal nutrition. The module objectives are to explain and illustrate animal nutrition at an advanced level by developing specific topics including: micronutrient and trace minerals; organic micronutrients (vitamins B, choline, essential fatty acids); regulation of growth and product quality; specialist aspects of ruminant nutrition and selected examples of metabolic disorders. You’ll have a weekly four hour lecture to study for this module.
Soil and Water Science
You’ll be given a sound understanding of important physical and chemical processes that take place within soils and fresh water systems as well as a basis for the understanding of more applied aspects of the behaviour of these systems (e.g. plant-soil interactions, pollution and its remediation). You’ll spend around three hours per week in lectures studying for this module.
Plants and the Light Environment
This module provides a wide-ranging, detailed and modern training extending from the cellular to community level, for those with interest in plant physiology, environmental biology, agronomy and horticulture. The module focuses on the influence of the light environment on the physiology of native and crop species. It considers how this knowledge contributes to an understanding of the causes of variations in crop yields and may be used to assist in the search for improved varieties and increased productivity in agricultural systems. You’ll spend around four hours per week in lectures studying for this module.
Plant Cell Signalling
This module deals with the production and perception of plant signalling molecules and the ways in which these signals are integrated to ensure appropriate responses to environmental conditions or plant pathogen attack. You’ll have a three hour lecture each week to study for this module.
Plant Microbe Interactions
This module will cover symbiotic relationships between plants and microbes, such as in nitrogen fixation and mycorrhizal associations, and then contrast this with the relationships between plants and pathogenic microbes and the methods used by these to cause disease. You’ll have a three hour lecture each week to study for this module.
Molecular Plant Pathology
This module will cover the molecular techniques being used to develop an understanding of plant/pathogen interactions. It will then cover the molecular biology of plant pathogens, how these cause disease, and the mechanisms used by plants to defend themselves against such pathogens. You’ll have a three hour lecture each week to study for this module.
Current Issues in Crop Science
This module will raise your awareness of current issues in crop science and enable you to analyse the advantages and disadvantages of a range of current and future developments in crop science. You’ll spend three hours per week in lectures studying for this module.
The module aims to introduce you to the practicalities of management consultancy and thus integrate your knowledge of management principles to real-life case studies. You’ll spend four hours per week in lectures and have a ninety minute tutorial to study for this module.
You’ll study the scientific principles that govern the management of field-grown crops through production to final end use, with particular emphasis being given to their physiology and ecology. You’ll spend four hours a week in lectures studying for this module.
Genetic Improvement of Crop Plants
During this module, you’ll be given an understanding of crop genetic improvement through lectures, practicals and case studies, through which develop an appreciation of how modern and technological approaches can enhance crop breeding programmes and be able to assess the limitations of these approaches.
Reproduction and Fertility
This module builds on information covered in earlier modules and covers fertility regulation and manipulation in mammals. It deals with the artificial control of reproductive cycles in the female and mechanisms involved in pregnancy recognition and maintenance. During an average week you’ll spend two hours in lectures and three hours in practicals studying for this module.
This module draws on current research to develop specific themes which include typical experimental techniques and the neurophysiology, neuropharmacology and pathology of sensorimotor systems. A strong emphasis will be on the physiology and pharmacology of acute and chronic pain including studying the use of analgesics to treat these conditions. You’ll have a three hour lecture and four hour practical each week to cover material for this module.
Applied Bioethics 2: Sustainable Food Production, Biotechnology and the Environment
You’ll be given a sound understanding of widely accepted ethical principles and encourage the application of these insights to the analysis of contemporary issues in the agricultural, food and environmental sciences. You’ll have two hour lecture and two hour seminar each week to study for this module.
Plants and the Soil Environment
This module provides a detailed study into below-ground biological processes which influence the uptake of water and nutrients by plants. The module considers the acquisition of water and nutrients by plants in both agricultural and natural systems, and how plants interact with the soil environment. Consideration is given to using this knowledge to improve crop productivity and resource management and to understanding how resource capture by plant roots has influenced plant evolution over wider timescales. The module includes a practical study component on the development of new methods and technologies for below-ground phenotyping of roots.
Plant Disease Control
This is a module which deals with the applied aspects of plant disease control, comprising transmission, epidemiology, detection and diagnosis and control options. Control strategies based on application of fungicides, biological control, deployment of disease resistant varieties and biotechnological approaches are described. You’ll have a four hour weekly lecture to study for this module.
Sex, Flowers and Biotechnology
Through a weekly three hour lecture, you’ll be given a detailed knowledge on the developmental and molecular processes associated with flowering, seed production and fruit development. Particular emphasis will be applied to aspects of reproductive biology or fruit production that could be manipulated to facilitate crop improvement.