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Designing new crops for the future

27 January -14 February & 21 – 28 February 2020- Teaching Unit #1

Update : 09/12/2019

General theme of the course

Worldwide evolutions of Agriculture (environmental and societal changes) raise issues on paradigm shift in plant breeding and plant protection. This course aims at guessing and designing the upcoming crop varieties and plant protection strategies to be developed in future production chains within an applied multidisciplinary context.

This course will bring scientific bases and methods to reflect on evolutions of plant breeding and plant protection at the global level. It will provide guidelines to conceive new plant models and protection systems in line with natural resources preservation, and integrate them into either innovative or traditional farming systems. Finally, this course aims at making students acquire additional operational skills (ability to identify a problem, group work, knowledge mobilization, imagination, initiative, ability for synthesis) and discover careers in plant breeding and crop protection sectors.

  • Reference of the course: Plant Science UE1 - 300
  • Teaching language: English (B2 level)
  • Organization and credits: The course is a full time 4-week-long course, with one item per week and a four-weeks applied transversal project. Successful completion of this course brings 7 ECTS credits
  • Requirements: The course is open to Junior or Senior Students in Biology with basic knowledge in biology of organisms, plant protection, genetics and breeding
  • Grades: Grades are based on (i) evaluation of individual participation to classes and to the different exercises; (ii) evaluation of a written report (10 pages max) and (iii) final oral examination (15 minutes).
  • Course content

    The project-based learning course will combine lectures, seminars, tutorial classes, field and/or Company on-site visits with a transversal small group project (case study).

    • First week theme: Analysis and prediction of the impacts of climate and societal changes on cropping systems
    • Second week theme: Definition of suitable crop ideotypes well adapted to environmental constraints and future agricultural systems
    • Third week theme: Available methods to be developed for the engineering of the desired crop ideotypes
    • Fourth week theme: Technical, societal and legislative challenges

    Students are required to: (1) attend all classes, discussion and on-site visit sections, (2) informally and formally participate in class and all exercises, (3) prepare an essay on a synthesis case study, and (4) take a final oral examination.

  • Books and other reading materials

    No books have been ordered for this course. All required readings are available as downloads from the Montpellier SupAgro teaching platform. There is no formal reading packet for this course.

  • Final note

    We reserve the right to make modifications [additions, deletions, etc.] to the syllabus, assignments, requirements and expectations for this course; any such modifications will be clearly communicated and communicated in a timely way.

Contacts

Montpellier SupAgro
2 place Pierre Viala
34060 Montpellier. France
Tél. : +33 (0)4 99 61 22 00 Tél. : +33 (0)4 99 61 22 00
Fax : +33 (0)4 99 61 29 00
contact@supagro.fr

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