751-4811-00L  Alien Organisms in Agriculture

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersJ. Collatz, M. Meissle
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


751-4811-00 GAlien Organisms in Agriculture2 hrs
Tue08:15-10:00CAB G 59 »
J. Collatz, M. Meissle

Catalogue data

AbstractThe course focuses on alien organisms in agriculture as well as the scientific assessment and regulatory management of their effects on the environment and agricultural production.
ObjectiveStudents will understand the consequences arising from the unintentional or deliberate introduction of alien organisms into agricultural systems. They will be able to understand the concept of environmental risk assessment and be able to evaluate risk management options.
ContentAlien organisms in agriculture is a topic that receives an increasing awareness among farmers, agricultural scientists, regulators and the general public. Students of this course will learn about the nature of alien organisms such as invasive species, biocontrol organisms and genetically modified organisms. With a particular focus on arthropods, plants and their interactions we will look at the potential threats the novel organisms pose, the benefits they provide and how both of these effects can be scientifically assessed. Students will learn how the topic of alien organisms in agriculture is intrinsically tied to policy making and regulation and get to know current examples and future challenges in research. In the last part of the course students will be able to apply the acquired knowledge in a practical exercise (case study).
Lecture notesMaterial will be distributed during the course
Prerequisites / NoticeA part of the course will take place in flipped classroom mode, i.e. some lectures will be available as podcasts.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Personal CompetenciesCritical Thinkingassessed
Self-direction and Self-management fostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersJ. Collatz, M. Meissle
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationWritten exam at the end of the course 50%, active participation in practical exercise 50%; regular (>60%) participation in the course is required

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Places30 at the most
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is until 17.09.2023 only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupAgricultural Sciences MSc (762000)
Waiting listuntil 05.10.2023

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Agricultural Sciences MasterCrop- and Grassland ScienceWInformation
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