AGRO223 Agricultural Ecology and Crop Physiology

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Updated: 10 October 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
08 August 2020 11 August 2020 Mandatory None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites BIOL120 or RSNR120 or candidature in a postgraduate award in the School of Environmental and Rural Science or School of Science and Technology
Co-requisites None
Restrictions AGBY221 or AGRO221 or BOTY202 or BOTY402

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Nigel Warwick (
Unit Description

The unit consists of two modules. The crop physiology module covers physiology of plant growth and development at whole plant level and relates that to the morphology and structure of plants with emphasis on important agricultural plants. Topics include factors affecting seed dormancy, germination, and seedling development, hormone physiology, transpiration, photosynthesis, stress physiology and mineral nutrition. In the ecology module the principles of ecological theory and the application to specific problems in agriculture are covered. Examples to illustrate principles are drawn from natural environments and agriculture ecosystems with an emphasis on Australia. On the completion of this unit students will have a good understanding of fundamental agriculture ecology and crop physiology.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an understanding of central concepts in agricultural ecology and crop physiology;
  2. demonstrate an appreciation of the eco-physiological concepts relating to plant and crop growth;
  3. apply a knowledge of ecological principles to practical problems in sustainable agriculture, including pest management, optimisation of inputs for production, conservation of endangered species on and around farms, habitat preservation and control of pollution;
  4. discuss some current issues in ecology which affect agriculture, including their legal and social aspects. Examples may include water resource allocation, vegetation clearing and land degradation; and
  5. understand the fundamentals of scientific research and communication through critical analysis and writing of scientific papers.