David Max Dubois: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2018

Name Dr. David Max Dubois
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science
RelationshipLecturer

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
701-0972-00LIntroduction into Organic Farming Systems Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 110
3 credits2VP. J. Mäder, D. M. Dubois, B.  Oehen
AbstractAim:
The students shall:
- be familiar with the basic elements of ecological farming systems,
- be able to make comparisons between farming systems (organic, integrated, conventional)
ObjectiveThe detailed learning goals will be up-loaded to Moodle.
https://moodle-app2.let.ethz.ch/course/view.php?id=3652
ContentPART I: Lecture: Introduction in Organic Farming Systems

INTRODUCTION
1. Roots of organic farming, historical development of farming systems, share of organic farming in Switzerland and Europe
Basic principles and requirements organic farming and critical analysis

PLANT PRODUCTION
2. Soil fertility - Results from long-term trials

3. Reduced soil tillage
Non-chemical weed control

4. Sustainable crop rotations
Organic fertilisation concepts

5. Plant protection: Regulation of diseases and pests

6. Increasing biodiversity
Organic breeding strategies and variety selection

ANIMAL PRODUCTION
7. Animal friendly husbandry and respective standards, production of label beef
Sustainability and animal welfare

8. Animal health and complementary veterinary medicine

MARKET
9. Food quality: Standards for production and processing, organoleptic quality, latest meta-analyses on food quality in organic farming
Agricultural and nutrition policy

10. Market development of label production IP and Organic

11. Multifunctionality of organic farming
Visions for organic farming (Bio 3.0)

12. Sustainability assessment of organic farms
SMART, LCA

13. Examination (multiple choice and written test, case study)
Lecture notesPower Point presentations on Moodle for registred students

Scripts on Moodle for registred students
https://moodle-app2.let.ethz.ch/course/view.php?id=3652
LiteratureRecommended:
Otto Schmid and Robert Obrist Robert (2001): Biologischer Landbau. Landwirtschaftliche Lehrmittelzentrale, Zollikofen, 267 pp (in German)

Nic Lampkin Nic, Measures Mark and Padel Susanne (2006): Organic Farm Management Handbook. University of Wales, Aberystwyth. 240pp
Prerequisites / NoticeThis lecture (701-0972-00L FS 2018) is recomended for the participation in the second part en bloc "Comparison of ecological farming systems" 701-0974-00L FS 2018.

The lecture can be taken alone without the second part.

Conditions for the credit points is a test.

Structure:
Lecture (Part I): 13 times 2 weekly lectures (3 CRPT)

Second part en bloc (Part II): One study week with excursions, exercices and workshops (end of spring semester) (3 CRPT)
701-0974-00LComparison of Different Swiss Farming Systems Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 40
3 credits3GB.  Oehen, D. M. Dubois
AbstractAim:
The students are able to make comparisons between farming systems (organic, integrated, conventional) and to assess theire contribution to a sustainable development.
Objectivesee short description
ContentLehrinhalt Block II: Vergleich von Landbau-Systemen (IP und Bio)

Wir werden die Forschungseinrichtungen agroscope Reckenholz und das Forschungsinstitut für Biologischen Landbau besuchen und dort Forschungsprojekte für die weitere Entwicklung einer nachhaltigen Landwirtschaft kennen lernen.

Die Umsetzung des Konzeptes einer nachhaltigen Landwirtschaft in die Praxis werden wir mit dem Besuch von 6 verschiedenen Betrieben vertiefen. Die Betriebsleiter und -leiterinnen schildern ihre Betriebsstrategie, ihre Ziele, die Schwierigkeiten und Chancen, die sie für ihren Betrieb sehen.

Am letzte Tag werden die verschiedenen Elemente reflektiert und ein Feedback für die Betriebe erarbeitet.
Lecture notesScripts are distributed in the course

Scripts can be downloaded from the web with an access code from MOODLE System: https://moodle-app2.let.ethz.ch/course/view.php?id=1986
LiteratureRecommended:

Otto Schmid Otto and Robert Obrist Robert (2001): Biologischer Landbau. Landwirtschaftliche Lehrmittelzentrale, Zollikofen, 267 pp (in German)

Dierks R./Heitefuss R. (Hrsg.), 1994: Integrierter Landbau. Verlagsunion Agrar.

Nic Lampkin Nic, Measures Mark and Padel Susanne (2006): Organic Farm Management Handbook. University of Wales, Aberystwyth. 240pp
Prerequisites / NoticePrecondition for this course is the participation in the introductionary course "Organic Farming Systems" in the former courses.

The course cannot only be taken when the Part I has been followed or with good documented knowledge of organic farming

Condition for credit points is the active participation in the course.

Structure:
one study week with excursions, exercices and workshops.