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PNS0200

Ecology of Agriculture

Learning outcomes

(i) summarize, present and lead discussion on a topic area of agricultural ecology including soliciting questions and facilitating rigorous discussion from peer participants



(ii) produce a written summary of a topical area within a course-defined discipline of agricultural ecology



(iii) gain a working understanding of basic and certain advanced concepts in agricultural ecology



(vi) build familiarity with interpretation and analysis of population, community, and certain spatial data using current statistical software



(vii) gain introductory knowledge of methods for qualitative and quantitative exploration of ecosystem functioning in agricultural ecosystems





Pedagogical format

The course is composed of two parts. In a first preparatory part, the students are divided into groups. Each group is assigned a topic area within agricultural ecology. They read assigned literature, collect additional literature and compile a topic summary in preparation of the second part. The first part is done via distance.

In the second part of the course, students and teachers gather physically for a one-week full time teachings where the teacher-led lectures are combined with student presentations of groups topics and hands-on exercises, analyses and an excursion to farmland. In the second week the topics are further developed in a workshop format and results are summarized as written final reports. The general structure of the second week is: two morning sessions of instructor and student-group lectures. The afternoons are devoted to excursion, exercises of analytical methods and report writing.



Kursplan

PNS0200 Ecology of Agriculture, 5,0 Hp

Ämnen

Biologi

Utbildningens nivå

Forskarnivå

Förkunskapskrav

Admitted to PhD studies

Mål

The course is intended for students in ecology, agronomy, biology, environmental sciences, interested in exploring ecological processes in agricultural production systems and how they relate to agronomic practices. Followed by a brief introduction into relevant ecology concepts, there will be a focus on ecosystem processes which influence crop production level and stability (e.g., nutrient cycling, pollination, herbivory, predation), and the biodiversity that drives these processes above and below ground, such as soil biota, pests and their natural enemies above and below ground, and pollinators, and how these shape crop yield. The course will challenge participants to consider how these organisms are affected by crop management, and how the ecosystem functions they generate vary across space and time from within cropped fields to farm to landscape and regions and among days to multiple years. Where appropriate we will introduce aspects of global climate and other changes, which set the context for much of what we do and what we face. We will further discuss how ecological principles can be employed in the development of crop production systems to improve efficiency and sustainability of agriculture. We will integrate conceptual aspects drawing on ecological theory, practical methods, and analytical approaches. For each function and scale we will discuss and develop an understanding of the implications for organismal ecology and ecological functioning, including for applications to ecosystem services.

Innehåll

Learning outcomes

(i) summarize, present and lead discussion on a topic area of agricultural ecology including soliciting questions and facilitating rigorous discussion from peer participants



(ii) produce a written summary of a topical area within a course-defined discipline of agricultural ecology



(iii) gain a working understanding of basic and certain advanced concepts in agricultural ecology



(vi) build familiarity with interpretation and analysis of population, community, and certain spatial data using current statistical software



(vii) gain introductory knowledge of methods for qualitative and quantitative exploration of ecosystem functioning in agricultural ecosystems





Pedagogical format

The course is composed of two parts. In a first preparatory part, the students are divided into groups. Each group is assigned a topic area within agricultural ecology. They read assigned literature, collect additional literature and compile a topic summary in preparation of the second part. The first part is done via distance.

In the second part of the course, students and teachers gather physically for a one-week full time teachings where the teacher-led lectures are combined with student presentations of groups topics and hands-on exercises, analyses and an excursion to farmland. In the second week the topics are further developed in a workshop format and results are summarized as written final reports. The general structure of the second week is: two morning sessions of instructor and student-group lectures. The afternoons are devoted to excursion, exercises of analytical methods and report writing.



Examinationsformer och fordringar för godkänd kurs

Requirements for examination

Pass or Fail

❏ Drafted group topic summaries in preparation of workshop

❏ Full attendance at second week retreat course meeting

❏ Active participation in discussion for all topics at retreat

❏ Completed final written topical summary



Ytterligare information

Content and time table

The class size is max 15 with option to allow a few others in.



Date Topic

August 1, 2020 Final Readings assigned

August 4, 2020 Student topics selected

September 7 - 11, 2020 Drafting summaries with feedback from instructors

September 14-18, 2020 Retreat course workshop



Teachers

Riccardo Bommarco, (Dept. of Ecology, SLU) https://www.slu.se/bommarco-lab

Neal M. Williams (Guest Professor, University of California Davis) http://williamslab.ucdavis.edu/

Amélie Gaudin (University of California, Davis-Plant Sciences) https://gaudin.ucdavis.edu/

Possible additional teachers will be asked to attend for part of the second week.



Course organizers

R. Bommarco (riccardo.bommarco@slu.se ), N.M. Williams (nmwilliams@ucdavis.edu)

This course is part of the SLU Research school Ecology – basics and applications.

Ansvarig institution/motsvarande

Institutionen för Ekologi