CSA-30306 Advanced Crop Physiology

Code last year: (CWE-30806)


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Problem-based learning90
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. PC Struik
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. PC Struik
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. PC Struik

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Continuation courses:

Thesis Crop Physiology


Recent developments in crop physiology relating to canopy development, signalling, plant organization and behaviour are studied on the basis of discussion of a coherent set of research papers. Using the information from these papers a series of quantitative exercises of increasing complexity are carried out for several arable crops under a range of agronomic conditions. A qualitative analysis of the genotype-phenotype gap and of plant adaptaton is made.

Learning outcomes:

After completion of this course the students will be able to:
- explain the functioning of canopy development in crops differing in functional-structural relations based on quantitative insights;
- apply in-depth crop physiological knowledge under a range of conditions;
- use and apply plant and crop physiological knowledge for crop improvement and crop management.


- lectures and discussions on the physiological functioning of major crops under different agro-ecological conditions;
- PO elements including analyses of crop development, yield formation and quality improvement based on recent literature.


- individual report;
- jointly produced analytical report.


Course description and literature will be provided at first contact.

Restricted Optional for: MPSPlant SciencesMScC: Natural Resource Management2AF
MPSPlant SciencesMScA: Crop Science2AF