LPLK10367U Tropical Crop Production
MSc Programme in Agriculture
MSc Programme in Environment and Development
The course focuses on capacity development in tropical crop production. The students will be exposed to major crop science elements that are instrumental to a sustainable crop production, optimizing the use of agrobiodiversity and land management practices considering the socio-economic characteristics.
Main disciplines are:
i. Agronomy with reference to tropical conditions.
Tropical crop physiology; crop genetic resources, agrobiodiversity and breeding; crop management; crop protection; soil fertility and crop optimization strategies.
ii. Tropical Crops
An overview of major tropical crops, including underutilized crops and protein crops, their intrinsic properties and their cultivation with special emphasis on small-holder conditions. Cultivation of crops under unimodal and bimodal rainy seasons.
iii. Cropping systems
Studies of small holder cropping systems under various agro-ecological conditions in the dry and humid tropics. innovations to optimize sustainable production systems.
Provide students, having a BSc-level background in agricultural,
social sciences or sciences involved with development of the
tropical region, with a comprehensive understanding of the
properties of selected tropical environments, crop species and
their management facing climate change. Focus is on climate related
production constraints; that is abiotic and biotic stresses, and
human endeavor to optimize crop production in small-scale farming,
within the context of poverty alleviation and sustainable crop
When students have completed the course they should have attained:
- Manage key elements to characterize production systems in the tropics
- Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of tropical crop production
- Understand the characteristics of major tropical crops
- Demonstrate overview of tropical cropping systems in relation to agro-ecological and socio-economic conditions.
- Demonstrate knowledge on different strategies to optimize production systems in the tropics.
- Characterize production systems of tropical areas of the globe
- Analyze and synthesize diverse types of information on tropical crop production
-Design cropping calendars for selected major crops species
- Develop tropical crop production plans in relation to given agro-ecological and socioeconomic conditions
- Design, implement and analyze research projects in a tropical crop production environment
- Assess and formulate agronomic components of development support programmes
- Advice extension and research institutions in tropical countries
- Perform and interpret statistical information to analyze scenarios of crop production and innovation.
- Propose innovative optimization strategies.
Papers uploaded on Absalon
Tropical Crop Production I - Selected papers
Tropical Crop Production II – Manual for practical and theoretical exercises
Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
- Theory exercises
- Practical exercises
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 30 minDuring the course the student are participating in group work in which they write a group report (approximate 10 pages). The students are individual examined in the content of the group report and are further examined in the rest of course curriculum. Examination in the report weight 35 % and examination in curriculum weight 65 %. No preparation time before the oral examination.
- Exam registration requirements
Theoretical and practical exercise report submission
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
As the ordinary exam.
If the student has not participated in the group report, an assignment is given three weeks before the exam. The student has to hand in an individual report based on the assignment (approximate 5 pages). At the oral examination the students will then be examined in the report and in the rest of the curriculum. Examination in the rapport weight 35 % and examination in curriculum weight 65 %.
Criteria for exam assesment
see learning outcome