lbrai2103  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
3 credits
30.0 h
Bertin Pierre;
Plant biology, plant physiology, plant production, phytiatry, genetics acquired during the Bachelor of bioengineer and the first year of MS of bioengineer or equivalent.

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
Analysis of the ecological and agronomical specificities of the intertropical and subtropical environments
Analysis of the physiological and ecophysiological features of tropical crops : hydrous, thermal and nutritional factors, light, abiotic stresses, phenology : growth and development cycle of some model crops, growth and development of harvested organ.
Critical study and evaluation of the agricultural practices on the basis of the above criteria.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 a. Contribution of the activity with regards to the referential of leaning outcomes
Control a pool of scientific knowledge (M.1.1, M.1.2, M.1.4, M.1.5)
Control a pool of knowledge in the fied of bioengineering and management (M.2.1, M.2.2, M2.4)
Apply a rigorous and innovative scientific approach (M.3.2 à M.3.4 et M.3.6 M.3.9)
Concept and implement a complete and innovative approach of engineer (M.4.1 à M.4.7)
Communicate (M.6.1, M.6.3 et M.6.5)
Act responsbly (M.7.1 à M.7.3)
b . Specific formulation for this activity AA program (maximum 10)              
At the end of this activity, the student will be able to :
·      analyse the specificities of tropical and subtropical environments and the constraints on agricultural production factors (climate, soil, economy) ;
·       control agricultural practices specific to each crop (sowing, shading, types of cuttings, grafting, genetic crosses...) ;
·       identify key phenological stages of the different crop under study;
·       compare the adequation of several cultures to defined pedo-climatic scenarii;
·       examine production modalities as a function of physiological and pedo-climatic constraints;
·       analyse the diversity of productions as a function of the biological and genetical aspects of the crop;
.       evaluate the relevance of production systems as a function of environmental and socio-economical constraints and of production objectives.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Environmental aspects in the tropical background : climatology, pedology, phytogeography and consequencies on production.
Crop ecophysiology in tropical envirmonment : hydrology, photoperiod, thermal regime, phenology, mineral nutrition and consequences for cultural practicies.
Study of crop diversity : investigation of several crops representing a large range of ecological and practical situations (growing cycle, harvested organ) : cereals (maize, sorghum, pearl millet), annual pulses (groundnut, soybean, common bean), annual tubers (yam, sweet potato), perennial crops cultivated as annual ones (cassava, cotton plant) perennial crops (tea, coffee, cocoa, hevea trees).
Teaching methods
Theoretical lessons aiming at systematize the outcomes, followed by a practical approach based on interactive documet analysis, videos, personal experience of the teacher and of the students themselves
Evaluation methods
Oral examination with previous written preparation. Synthesis questions, figure analysis, punctual questions
Other information
This course can be given in English.
Online resources
Support(s) de cours obligatoires
Syllabus, diapositives powerpoint
Site de l'AFD (Louvain Coopération)
Vidéos réalisées par l'AFD
Livres de référence renseignés au cours
Teaching materials
  • dias powerpoint disponibles sur moodle
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Forests and Natural Areas Engineering

Master [120] in Agricultural Bioengineering