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Environmental Issues in Crop Production

Basic subjects are the use of non-renewable resources within crop production, and the effects of these on the environment. The objectives of the course are to be able to propose solutions and preventative measures for crop production that could lead to sustainable practices and the conservation of natural resources. The course has its focus on primary crop production but will also provide students with knowledge and experience generally applicable within the utilization and conservation of natural resources, whether the crop is used for food, feed, raw materials for industry or urban landscape management. Handling and documentation of the environmental policy of an enterprise will also be taken up. Summarized, the course has three main areas; description of the situation, analysis from different points of view (based on Life Cycle Assessment and other systems analysis methods), and suggestions for change.

Course evaluation

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BI1283-20006 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for BI1283

Academic year 2022/2023

Environmental Issues in Crop Production (BI1283-20081)

2022-11-01 - 2023-01-15

Academic year 2021/2022

Environmental Issues in Crop Production (BI1283-20052)

2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16

Academic year 2020/2021

Environmental Issues in Crop Production (BI1283-20080)

2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Environmental Issues in Crop Production (BI1283-20008)

2019-11-01 - 2020-01-19

Academic year 2018/2019

Environmental Issues in Crop Production (BI1283-20007)

2018-11-05 - 2019-01-20

Academic year 2017/2018

Environmental Issues in Crop Production (BI1283-20063)

2017-10-30 - 2018-01-14

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

Course literature BI1283 – Environmental issues of crop production


Bauman H, Tillman A-M (2004) The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to LCA – An orientation in life cycle assessment methodology and application. Studentlitteratur. Lund. (ISBN 91-44-02364-2)

Reading seminars

    1. Clark M and Tilman D (2017) Comparative analysis of environmental impacts of agricultural production systems, agricultural input efficiency, and food choice. Environmental Research Letters 12:1-11.
    2. Schulte et al (2017) Prairie strips improve biodiversity and the delivery of multiple ecosystem services from corn-soybean croplands. PNAS 114.
    3. Lipper et al (2014) Climate-smart agriculture for food security. Nature Climate Change 4:1068–1072.
    4. Poore & Nemecek (2018) Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers. Science 360:987-992. 
    5. Nemecek et al (2015) Designing eco-efficient crop rotations using life cycle assessment of crop combinations. European Journal of Agronomy 65:40–51.
    6. Sutton et al (2011) Too much of a good thing. Nature Comment 472:159-161.
    7. Velthof et al (2014) The impact of the Nitrates Directive on nitrogen emissions from agriculture in the EU-27 during 2000-2008. Science of the Total Environment 468-469:1225-1233.
    8. Zhang et al (2016) The potential of fertilizer management for reducing nitrous oxide emissions in the cleaner production of bamboo in China. Journal of Cleaner Production 112:2536-2544.
    9. Schnug et al (2015) Responses of earthworms to repeated exposure to three biocides applied singly and as a mixture in an agricultural field. Science of The Total Environment 505:223-235. 
    10. Wallingford et al (2017) Evaluating a push–pull strategy for management of Drosophila suzukii Matsumura in red raspberry. Pest Management Science
    11. Hoeppner et al (2005) Energy use and efficiency in two Canadian organic and conventional crop production systems. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems 21:60-67.

**NOTE: These 11 compulsory articles and reports are available in FRONTER. **

Additional reading

*Bommarco et al (2013) Ecological intensification: harnessing ecosystem services for food security. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 28: 230–238. *

*Delzeit et al (2016) Addressing future trade-offs between biodiversity and cropland expansion to improve food security. Regional Environmental Change 4:1-13. *

FAO (2009) Agriculture at Crossroads –* **Key recommendations from the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development. Synthesis (approx. 100 pp) *

*FAO (2010) Climate Smart Agriculture. Policies, Practices and Financing for Food Security, Adaptation and Mitigation. (approx. 50 pp) *

Lin (2011) Resilience in Agriculture through Crop Diversification: Adaptive Management for Environmental Change. BioScience 61:183-193.

Raworth (2012) A safe and just space for humanity – Can we live within the doughnut?

*Rockström et al (2009) Planetary boundaries: Exploring the safe operation space for humanity. *Ecology and Society 14(2:32).

Steffen et al (2015) Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet. *347:1-12. *

WWF (2014) Living Planet Report. Species and spaces, people and places. (approx. 200 pp)* *Tscharntke et al (2012) Global food security, biodiversity conservation and the future of agricultural intensification. Biological Conservation, 51:53-59.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Agroecology - Master's Programme Horticultural Science - Master's Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Horticultural Science Biology Biology Horticultural science
Course code: BI1283 Application code: SLU-20006 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Biosystems and Technology Pace: 100%