Frank Liebisch: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2017

Name Dr. Frank Liebisch
Institut für Agrarwissenschaften
ETH Zürich, LFW A 4
Universitätstrasse 2
8092 Zürich
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science

551-0209-00LSustainable Plant Systems (Seminar)2 credits2SM. Paschke, F. Liebisch, further lecturers
AbstractParticipants will be able to discuss and understand sustainability in the context of plant science research. A special focus will be on research on agro-ecological systems and farming system research.
ObjectiveKey objectives for the seminar are that (1) participants will be able to discuss issues of sustainability in the context of current plant science research topics (2) participants will be able to phrase their own visions for sustainability in plant sciences, their group work topic and their own MSc or PhD project.
ContentFuture demand in agricultural output is supposed to match the needs of 9-billion people with less input of resources.
We will discuss current plant science research in the context of sustainability on the production side. Thematic areas of the seminar include:

1 | Biotic interactions
2 | Nutrient management
3 | Plant breeding
4 | Global change

A special focus will be on research on agro-ecological systems and farming system research. Can we transform our agricultural practices and move behind existing paradigms to develop innovative and sustainable agriculture production systems? Where does current research indicate on directions for transformation of current practice and how can we assess and analyze them though research?

The course will be organized with two workshops (half days, 13:00 - 17:00) and an intensive, well-structured self-study/ group work phase in between the workshops. Online learning material in provided.

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751-4101-00LCrops2 credits2GA. Walter, F. Liebisch, A. Lüscher, W. Richner
AbstractPresentation of the central crops of our regions (cereals, oil and fibre plants, legumes, root and tuber plants) with respect to their biology, site requirements, reaction to environmental conditions and farming practice. A few crops of other regions will be discussed for these aspects as well.
ObjectiveDuring this course, students acquire essential knowledge on agriculturally relevant aspects of crop biology. Via lectures and 'hands-on' teaching elements, differences between species as well as common aspects of different species will be experienced. Thereby, the foundation will be laid for a more intense examination of alternative crops, cropping systems and of procedures to characterize geno- and phenotype.
Prerequisites / NoticeDiese Vorlesung wird aufgrund Reglementswechsel im HS 2017 letztmals angeboten; die zentralen Inhalte der Veranstaltung werden seit FS 2017 im 2. Semester in der Veranstaltung 'Kulturpflanzen im World Food System' thematisiert. Die Veranstaltung wird in diesem Semester einmalig durch einige Stunden aus der Veranstaltung 'Futterbau' (751-4001-00) ergänzt. Die Vorlesung 'Futterbau' wird ebenfalls aufgrund Reglementswechsel bereits im HS 2017 nicht mehr angeboten.