CSES 7186 Sustainable Agroecology
ABOUT THE COURSE:
The study of interactions between crops and abiotc and biotic environments. Emphasis is placed on quantitatively examining theory and principles for production, stability and sustainability of agricultural ecosystems.
A student completing this course is expected to be able to:
‐ Describe how plant adaptations to the environment affect crop selection, growth, and yield.
‐ Describe crop responses to radiation quality, quantity, and photoperiod.
‐ Describe plant adaptation and acclimation to temperature.
‐ Explain crop adaptation and acclimation to precipitation.
‐ Outline crop interactions with pests.
‐ Quantify services provided by agroecosystems including food, fiber, and fuel production, water quantity and quality, nutrient cycling, climate regulation and biodiversity.
‐ Use the tools of crop ecology to develop new ways to address the ever-changing challenges of agricultural production.