Course Content (Syllabus)
1. Photosynthesis, translocation of photosynthates respiration and photorespiration: processes, genetic and environmental influence.
2. Light interception in plant and crop level, radiation and laws that describe it.
3. Photosynthesis, processes, genetic and environmental influence, carbon balance in plants.
4. Phytohormones: function and mechanisms in plants.
5. Genetic and environmental influences, carbon balance in plants, respiration and photorespiration.
6. Uptake and retranslocation of nutrients in plants adaptation of plants to nutrient deficiencies and toxicities. Utilization of nutrients, Nutrient use efficiency, ways of increasing nutrient efficiency, critical levels of nutrients.
7. Physiological function of nitrogen in plants, N metabolism and productivity, interactions of N and carbon in plants.
8 and 9. Water relations: mechanisms of water transport in plants, transpiration, water use efficiency, availability of water and development of field crops.
10. Source/sink relationships of photosynthates, mechanisms of movement, regulation of movement, influence of biotic and abiotic factors.
11. Yield of field crops and yield components, source/sink relations in different groups of field crops (cereals, legumes, sugar beet, forage crops etc.
12. Estimation of N2-fixation of legumes with the method of natural abidance.
13. Student presentation.