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Plant Nutrients in Terrestrial Ecosystems - acquisition and turnover
Provider: Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Activity no.: 5697-17-09-31 
Enrollment deadline: 02/05/2018
PlaceDepartment of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Date and timeMay 2018
Regular seats20
ECTS credits4.00
Contact personJan Kofod Schjørring    E-mail address: jks@plen.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserJan Kofod Schjørring    E-mail address: jks@plen.ku.dk
Written languageEnglish
Teaching languageEnglish
Semester/BlockBlock 4
Scheme groupNot included in the scheme group
Scheme group noteCourse preparation amounting to about 70 hours of work is done off site, while the on site part of the course takes place from 14 th to 18 th May 2018.
Exam requirementsIn order to pass the course, all participants must be actively engaged during on-campus seminars and exercises. Following the on-campus part of the course, the students must write an individual 2-page report.
Exam formWritten assignment
Course workload
Course workload categoryHours
Lectures20.00
Theory exercises10.00
Practical exercises10.00
Preparation70.00

Sum110.00


Content


The course:

  • Gives an introduction to issues, concepts and methodologies used for studying plant nutrition and soil fertility
  • Focuses on processes that determine nutrient acquisition and utilization by plants and the turnover and bio-availability of plant nutrients in soils and fertilizers
  • Introduces the Ph.D. students to cutting-edge techniques for plant and soil testing
  • Is interdisciplinary in its nature drawing on expertise from a range of different fields
  • Is international and embraces high-profile teachers from DK and abroad


The following topics will be covered in the 2016 edition of the course (minor changes may occur):

  • Nutrient requirements of plants and uptake mechanisms for plant nutrients
  • Diffusion and availability of plant nutrients in soils - pools, processes and inputs
  • Turnover of organically bound plant nutrients in soil - pools, processes and inputs
  • Rhizoshere processes
  • Biofortification of plants
  • Methods for analysis and bio-imaging of plant nutrients  
  • Laboratory exercises focusing on analysis of plant-available phosphorus and micronutrients in soil by use of diffusive gradients in thin-films (DGT) and state-of-the-art techniques in atomic spectrometry (ICP)


 
 


Learning outcome

 

Upon completing the course the student will have achieved state-of-the-art knowledge on:

  • Concepts and theories underlying nutrient use efficiency and sustainable use of plant nutrients
  • Concepts and methodologies used for studying plant nutrition and soil fertility
  • Processes that determine acquisition and utilization of plant nutrients and their turnover and bio-availability in soils and fertilizers
  • The course is recommended for PhD students that want to work on issues related to plant nutrition and nutrient turnover in terrestrial ecosystems.

Literature

Recent review papers and advanced text book materials


Teaching and learning methods
The course includes literature review before the course week and seminars given by specialist researchers as well as practical and theoretical exercises.

Lecturers
Søren Husted, Lars Stoumann Jensen, Sander Bruun, Nadia Glæsner, Daniel Persson, Jakob Magid, Thomas de Bang, Jan K. Schjoerring and others 

 



Remarks
Exam registration requirements:

In order to pass the course, all participants must be actively engaged during on-campus seminars and exercises. Following the on-campus part of the course, the students must write an individual 2-page report.
The report must be inspired by their PhD project, and it must include an analysis (initiated on-campus) of an identified problem and suggested solutions incorporating knowledge gained in the course.
The report must be submitted no later than 2 weeks after the completion of the on-campus part of the course and will be evaluated by the course teachers (marking scale passed/not passed).

Price:There is no course fee for PhD students from Danish universities or from University of Wageningen. All others must pay a fee of €500.

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