Aims/Description: In this module, we will explore the current issues with our global food system, concentrating on the three major threats to food security; yield gaps, increasing populations and a changing climate. The module will provide the essentials in crop physiology, soil science and plant pathology, and look at the breadth and depth of current research in these areas to develop the cropping systems we need to ensure future agricultural practices are sustainable, sufficient and safe.

Staff Contact: DYSON BETHANY
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Laboratory work, Fieldwork, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

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