751-3405-00L  Chemical Nature of Nutrients and their Availability to Plants: The Case of Phosphorus

SemesterAutumn Semester 2018
LecturersE. Frossard, T. I. McLaren, L. P. Schönholzer
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 18.
Priority will be given to students in Agricultural Sciences


AbstractBased on up to date techniques, the course discusses the link between nutrients availability to plants and their chemical forms in soil/fertilizer/plant systems using phosphorus as an example. This class covers theoretical aspects, laboratory work, data analysis, and the analysis of publications.
ObjectiveAt the end of this course students are familiar with the principles on which radioisotopic techniques and nuclear magnetic resonance are based to measure nutrient availability and forms, respectively. Students understand the advantages and limits of these techniques. They understand how the chemical form of a nutrient can affect its availability to plants, and the relevance of this information for developing crop ferilization schemes.
Lecture notesDocuments will be distributed during the lecture
LiteratureWill be given during the lecture
Prerequisites / NoticeThe lecture will take place at the ETH experimental station in Eschikon Lindau. See the location of the station at: Link