Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Soil Biology, 5.0 credits

Syllabus

Course homepage

Most ecological processes involve the soil. Here, energy, carbon and nutrients circulate between living plants, dead organic matter, minerals, water and air. These fluxes are mediated by soil organisms- bacteria, fungi, animals and plant roots, and are of central importance in agriculture and forestry as well as for biodiversity, water quality and the global climate. The course covers the different organisms found in soils: What are their sources of carbon, energy and nutrients? What products are produced? How do they interact with each other, with living and dead plants, as well as with the physical and chemical environment of the soil? These questions provide a framework for understanding ecological cycles and how they differ between various ecosystems - natural as well as man-made. The aim of the couse is to provide a sound basic understanding of soil biology, enabling further studies of applications within agriculture, forestry, nature conservation and environmental protection.

Prerequisites

Knowledge equivalent to English B from upper secondary school is required as from the academic year 2009/10. Equivalent to 180 credits including 90 credits in one of the subjects Biology, Chemistry, Agricultural Science, Soil Science, Geoscience, Environmental Science, Technology. At least 20 credits in Biology and at least 20 credits in Chemistry must be included alternatively at least 15 ECTS in Biology and at least 15 credits in Chemistry and at least 15 credits in Soil Science or Geoscience. English skills equivalent to English A from upper secondary school. As an alternative to the above: Equivalent to 120 credits including at least 20 credits in Biology and at least 20 credits in Chemistry and at least 20 credits in Soil Science. English skills equivalent to English A from upper secondary school.

Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens

11,250 SEK

Time

7 Nov 2011 - 15 Jan 2012, 35%, Daytime

Cycle
Advanced
Subjects
Biology, Soil Science
Application code
SLU-20042
Location
Uppsala
Distance
No
Language
English

Responsible department

Department of Forest Mycology and Pathology

Course leader

Björn Lindahl
Telephone: 018-672725
E-mail: bjorn.lindahl@mykopat.slu.se

SLU, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, has its main locations in Alnarp, Skara, Umeå and Uppsala.
Tel: +46 18-67 10 00 • Fax: +46 18-67 20 00  • VAT nr: SE202100281701 • webbredaktionen@slu.se