Lectures

Winter term


M.SIA.P22.Mp: Management of tropical plant production systems
Prof. Dr. Rötter, Dr. Kühne, Dr. Bracho Mujica (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.


M.SIA.P29.Mp: Impact of climate extremes on plant production systems around the globe
Prof. Dr. Rötter, Mareike Köster (6 ECTS)

Contents: The module provides an introduction and overview on climate research, climate extremes, impact assessment, adaption and mitigation strategies and state of the art methodologies to quantify them. This entails climate variability, theory on climate extreme events, major climate extremes and their damage potential, likely shifts under future climate: illustrated by in-depth cases studies from major plant production systems for different temporal and spatial scales.


M.Agr.0182: Blended E-course: Crop Modelling for Risk Management
Prof. Dr. Rötter, Dr. Bracho Mujica, Mareike Köster, Mercy Appiah (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).


B.Agr.0400: Applications of explorative data analysis to agronomy.
Dr. Bracho Mujica, Prof. Dr. Rötter, Prof. Dr. Siebert, Dr. Meijide Orive (3 ECTS)

Contents: Elementary methods for analysing univariate and multivariate datasets: data types and scales, managing, converting, aggregating data, descriptive statistics, Anova, simple univariate/multiple linear regression, distribution-free statistics; visualisation of univariate and multivariate datasets: graphing techniques;introduction to geostatistics with focus on agricultural applications.


M.Agr.0193: Model approaches and applications in agro-ecosystems
Prof. Dr. Dr. Kersebaum, Prof. Dr. Rötter (3 ECTS)

Contents: Students learn fundamentals of the mathematical description of processes and the solution of systems of equations. They are introduced to model approaches for different relevant processes in agro-ecosystems and can assess their strengths and weaknesses. They learn to consider interactions of physical, biological and chemical processes by coupling processes in more complex models and the practical handling of different models and their sensitivity. They learn about possible applications for practical questions in the agricultural and environmental sector including possibilities and problems of model regionalization..


B.Agr.0319: Scientific Writing and Professional Presentation in Crop Sciences
(6 ECTS)
Multiple lecturers

Contents: The module serves as a targeted preparation for the bachelor thesis. The students should be able to create a thesis independently and to present scientific content in a suitable form.


Summer term

B.Agr.0320.Mp: Introduction to tropical and international agriculture
Prof. Dr. Schlecht, Dr. Rößler, Dr. Bracho Mujica, Prof. Dr. Rötter (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. Bracho Mujica (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).

  • will be available as an e-learning course soon!



M.SIA.P19M.Mp: Experimental Techniques in Tropical Agronomy
Dr. Kühne, Dr. Abdulai (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.


M.Agr.0001.Mp: Exercises: Linking Models and Experimentation (bi-lingual)
Prof. Dr. Siebert, Dr. Meinen, Dr. Jung, Dr. Meijide Orive, Prof. Dr. Rötter, Dr. Bracho Mujica (6 ECTS)

Contents: Determining phenological development stages, leaf area index, chlorophyll content, photosynthetic light curves, radiation interception by the canopy, leaf gas exchange, organ and canopy temperature, soil physical properties, soil moisture, soil temperature, Nmin, weather station measurements (air temperature and humidity, precipitation, wind, irradiation) above-ground biomass, yield and yield components; introduction to operational crop growth modelling, parameterization, calibrationand validation of the crop models.