Integrated management of the soil-plant system (partim)

lbres2106a  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Integrated management of the soil-plant system (partim)
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.
4 credits
29.0 h + 7.0 h
Declerck Stephan; Draye Xavier (coordinator); Lobet Guillaume;
A course introducing soil science
Main themes
·       Soil-plant interactions : functioning of cultivated soils, determinants of soil fertility, dynamics of soil exploration by root systems, rhizospheric processes
·       Biogeochemical cyles and processes : action of soil organisms (plants and animals) on the nutrient cycles, ecological requirements and biogeochemical action of organisms, soil degradation, modifications of biological properties
- Fertiliser science : estimation of crop demand, use of mineral and organic fertilisers, recent technological advances
The course is divided into three main parts: Part 1: description of the main soil organisms (functions, impacts, problems of agro-ecosystems and use). Part 2: Mycorrhizal symbiosis (types of mycorrhizae, notions of mycorrhizal roots, mycelial networks, agro-environmental significance). Part 3: biogeochemical cycles (N, P, K, S, C) - forms available to plants, functions, symptoms of deficiency and excess, global cycle.
Teaching methods
The teaching is based on a theoretical course.
Evaluation methods
The evaluation of students is done by a written exam.
Other information
This course can be given in English.
Online resources
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Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Agricultural Bioengineering