Semester: 4 / Spring
Lectures/Classes: 30 / 45 hours
Field of study: Agriculture
Study cycle: 1st cycle
Type of course: compulsory
Contact person: dr hab. inż. Grzegorz Kulczycki grzegorz.kulczycki@upwr.edu.pl
Short description: An introduction to the principles of soil fertility, plant nutrition, and fertilizers. Soil conditions affecting availability of plant nutrients, function and movement of nutrients in plants, methods of determining nutrient levels in plants and soils
Full description: The objective of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of soil fertility, plant nutrition, and nutrient management. The objectives of this course are: • to introduce students to the essential plant nutrient, sources and the concept of the physiological reaction of nutrients in plants. • to introduce students to soil reaction, soil colloidal properties and plant nutrition • to introduce students to nutrient management practices that maximize plant productivity and profitability while maintaining or enhancing environmental quality
Bibliography: Barker A.V., Pilbeam D.J. 2007. Handbook of Plant Nutrition. CRC Press, p. 632 Benton J.J. 2012. Plant Nutrition and Soil Fertility Manual, Second Edition. CRC Press. p. 304. Havlin J.L., Tisdale S.L., Nelson W.L., Beaton J.D. 2005. Soil Fertility and Fertilizers: An Introduction to Nutrient Management, Pearson Education Inc, p. 515. Marschner P. 2012. Mineral Nutrition of Higher Plants. Academic Press, p. 650. Strawn D.G., Bohn H.L., O’Connor G.A. 2015. Soil Chemistry. John Wiley & Sons, p. 397.
Learning outcomes: explain the preferred ionic forms of essential elements and plant nutrition explain the cycles of the primary and the secondary elements, understand the principle of cation and anion exchange and nutrient availability explain the principle of soil reaction with specific focus on the active and reserve acidity understand the principle of liming and the application understand fertilizer management: formulation and application understand the procedures of routine laboratory plants and soils analysis The student demonstrates understanding of the need for a scientific basis for the choice of methods of agriculture production. Evaluates the status of the threat of farming and develop safer technologies for environmental management The student understands the need for self-improvement and the need for further training
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: Test, reports, projects, Exam Evaluation of completed projects and reports on the range of tasks performed in classes The attitude in the classroom and the complexity and thoroughness of the tasks assigned

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