Tropical Plant Production and Agricultural Systems Modelling


BSc Agricultural Sciences
MSc Sustainable International Agriculture
PhD Program

Winter term

M.SIA.P22.Mp: Management of tropical plant production systems
Prof. Dr. Rötter, Dr. Kühne, PD Dr. Worbes, Dr. Hoffmann, 6 ECTS

Contents: Presentation of the most important crops with respect to: botany, morphology, origin, climatic and ecological requirements, crop production, harvest procedure, significance in local farming systems, utilisation as food, feed, raw materials and as bioenergy source. Discussion of specific cropping systems in the tropics and subtropics and specific management systems for the sustainable improvement of productivity.

Summer term

B.Agr.0320.Mp: Introduction to tropical and international agriculture
Prof. Dr. Schlecht, Dr. Rößler, PD Dr. Worbes, Prof. Dr. Quaim, 6 ECTS

Contents: The module provides a basic overview on the biophysical and socioeconomic conditions in the low-income countries and emerging economies in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The opportunities and limitations of plant production, livestock farming and product marketing in these areas are illustrated based on selected examples, reaching from subsistence farming to modern commercialised enterprises. By self-study the students get a broader overview on the topics taught in the lectures, based on selected publications from international research centres (z.B. CGIAR, FAO, Worldbank).

M.SIA.P10.Mp: Tropical agro-ecosystem functions
Prof. Dr. Rötter, Dr. Kühne, 6 ECTS

Contents: Introduction to and overview of agronomy-based land use systems in the tropics and subtropics taking into account ecological points of view. Analysis of the sustainability of plant production under special consideration of the physical, chemical and biological soil quality as well as the efficient water use in the seasonal tropics.

M.SIA.P16M.Mp: Crop Modelling for Risk Management
Prof. Dr. Rötter, Dr. Hoffmann, Dr. Kühne, 6 ECTS

Contents: Using the agricultural production system simulator (APSIM) students will be introduced to the concepts (potential, water-limited and nitrogen-limited production) and application options of agro-ecosystem modelling. In the first part of the lecture students will learn along guided exercises to set up different simulations (single season cropping, rotation, intercropping, climate change effects etc.). In the second part selected case studies are presented, which address typical agronomy questions (fertilizer management, closing yield gap, identifying suitable crop rotations).

M.SIA.P19M.Mp: Experimental Techniques in Tropical Agronomy
Dr. Kühne, 6 ECTS

Contents: Basics of and practical exercises on vegetative and generative multiplication techniques in the greenhouse of the department, introduction to statistical experimental design and analyses of greenhouse experiments, theory and practise of ecophsyiological measurements of water status as well as gas change/photosynthesis rates of tropical crop plants.