LPLF10329U  Tropical Botany A

Volume 2013/2014
Education
MSc Programme in Agricultural Development
Content
The various genera will be reviewed in groups according to use/type: Timbers, cereals, pseudo-cereals, root and tuber crops, pulses, oil plants, sugar plants, vegetables, stimulant (incl. medicinal)plants, spices, fruits, technical plants, forages, and the most common pantropical weeds. Also commonly used ornamentals will be studied.
The course will be a necessary prerequisite to all who expect to be working with tropical agriculture, forestry, agro-forestry, horticulture, animal husbandry in the tropics and food and nutritional technology. Students contemplating a career within agencies or institutions in the developing countries will find the course to be of relevance.
The final three-week field course to Guatemala conducted in collaboration with the assistance of local colleagues from Univ. San Carlos de Guatemala cover a wide variation of ecological environments, agricultural systems, natural vegetation types as well as urban parks.

Learning Outcome
Learning outcome
The overall learning outcome is to provide students with the necessary skills and competences through both theoretical as well as in-situ practical experiences to study tropical agriculture, forestry, horticulture, crop protection in the tropics, tropical plant pathology, animal husbandry, tropical landscape architecture or other tropical and Third World subjects.

Knowledge:

- of tropical plants of agronomic, forestry and horticultural importance, and the specific utilised parts of each plant
- of selected tropical plant families and their origin and ecology
- of the correct scientific and English names of tropical plants

Skills
Comprehends the causal connections of abiotic/biotic ecological factors in tropical regions
Comprehends adequate botanical/ecological knowledge of tropical plants as a prerequisite to study and/or work with cultivation, breeding and technological problems within the fields of agriculture, forestry, horticulture incl. crop protection, and animal husbandry in the tropics

Competences
Is aware of:
- tropical plants as a genetic resource and the importance of maintaining tropical biodiversity
- can reflect on problems and risks in relation to development of tropical regions
- can identify problems in sustainable tropical plant production, can respond, reflect, and is able to discuss the choice of preferable crops

Heywood, V.H., Brummitt, R.K., Culham, A. & Seberg, O. 2007. Flowering Plant Families of the World. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Holm, L., Doll, J., Holm, E., Pancho, J., & Herberger, J. (1997): World Weeds - Natural Histories & Distrubution. John Wiley & Sons, New York
Kricher, J. 1997. A neotropical companion. Princeton University Press; and literature from the relevant prerequisite courses.
Rehm, S. & Espig, G. (1991): The Cultivated Plants of the Tropics and Subtropics. Verlag Josef Margraf.
Skerman, PI, Cameron, D.G. & Riveros, F. (1990): Tropical forage legumes. 2nd ed. FAO Plant Production Series No. 2. Fao, Rome.
Skerman, PI. & Reveros, F. (1990): Tropical grasses. FAO Plant Production Series No. 23. Fao, Rome.
Soerianegara, I. & Lemmens, R.H.M.J. (1993): Timber trees: Major commercial timbers. PROSEA vol. 5(1). Pudoc, Wageningen.

Teaching and learning Methods
During the initial two thirds of the course lectures reviewing the syllabus and one weekly tutorial will be conducted. During the final third of the course the participants will be expected to work in groups with subjects/problems of their own choice resulting in the presentation of a report. The course will be concluded by an oral examination in the most important genera. The course aims to provide a thorough knowledge of an individually chosen number of plant families equal to approx. 60 textbook pages. The relevant families may be identified according to agricultural, forestry or horticultural interest. During the course time allotted for lectures and tutorial will be used for a combination of group work with supervision/instruction within the chosen number of plant families and in preparation of the course report. In the group work dried/live plant material, textbooks, floras, reference books as well as internet site and other illustrative material will be used. For the oral exam both the individually chosen plant families as well as the course report will be included in the examination requirements. A single mark for the combined evaluation of oral examination and the course report will be given. Field trips to the Botanical Garden will be included. During the introductory field course to Guatemala (1/3 of the course) excursions in combination with on-site lectures reviewing the multidisciplinary aspects of the different soils, crops and production systems will be conducted. In addition, field exercises with supervision/instruction in study groups – according to common research field - will form an integrated part of the daily work. During the last third of the course the participants will be expected to work in groups with subjects/problems prepared by the lecturers resulting in the presentation of a report which will conclude this element of the course.
Credit
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 30 min
Written assignment
Oral exam accounts for 33,3%, the course assignment for 33,3% and the field course assignement 33,3% towards to the total mark
Exam registration requirements
Student presentation of chosen 'crop(s)' + submission of course assignement + field course assignment (Project report completed and Field course report completed)
Aid
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assesment

Knowledge
- of tropical plants of agronomic, forestry and horticultural importance, and the specific utilised parts of each plant, e.g. seed(s), legumes/pods, roots/tubers, grains, etc.
- of selected tropical plant families and their origin and ecology
- of the correct scientific and English names of tropical plants
Comprehends the causal connections of abiotic/biotic ecological factors in tropical regions
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 20
  • Practical exercises
  • 37
  • Excursions
  • 195
  • Project work
  • 30
  • Preparation
  • 108
  • Guidance
  • 20
  • Exam
  • 2
  • Total
  • 412