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