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Applied methods in crop physiology (2016)

ECTS credits: 5


Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: PhD course
Time of year : Q2, Autumn (14-18 November)
Capacity limits: 12 – early registration is suggested


Objectives of the course:
To give the students an up to date introduction to measurements of plant processes, both in the field and under protection, to allow them to select and develop suitable methods for measuring and analysing data in their Ph.D.- work. Furthermore the course will present the newest knowledge and an overview of the current status of physiological measurement problems. New and emerging technologies will be presented.


Learning outcomes and competences:
At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Evaluate different physiological measurement
  • Be able to select relevant methods for their research purpose
  • Use the obtained knowledge to develop a relevant research protocol


Compulsory programme:
Each day will cover a number of lectures and hands on exercises with measurement gear or computer models. Pre course report (1 ECTS) on the background of the students project and expectations is mandatory. Additionally a report based on the results of the course has to be to be prepared allowing for individual consultancy concerning experimental problems. All elements are mandatory


Course contents:

  • Day 1 and 2: Photosynthesis
    • To give a good background for performing measurements of using traditional gas exchange, traditional chlorophyll fluorescence and video based chlorophyll fluorescence and related techniques.
  • Day 3 - 4: Water relations in plants
    • To give a good background for understanding water status in plants when they are subjected to various stress conditions with emphasis on nitrogen and water.
  • Day 4- 5: Roots – the hidden half
    • to give an understanding of root growth and nutrient dynamics in the soil and how this is measured and modelled.


The requirements are relevant courses in crop physiology from M.Sc.-level. M.Sc.-students considering crop physiology or engaged in thesis work can participate provided availability.


Name of lecturers:
Carl-Otto Ottosen, AU
Hanne Lakkenborg Kristensen, AU
Fulai Liu KU
Eva Rosenqvist, KU
Mathias N. Andersen, AU
Steven Driever, Wageningen University
Richard Webster, Aberystwyth University


Type of course/teaching methods:
Lectures, exercises and excursion


Will be put on a shared dropbox folder before the course with recommendations for reading.


Course homepage:


Course assessment:
The assessment will be made based on the final report by one of the teachers


Department of Food Science, Aarhus University


Special comments on this course:
Accommodation will be arranged near the location of the course and transport will be arranged. Participation in course: free. Costs for accommodation and food is 8000 DKK and for food only is 2000 DKK.

Since the course starts Monday morning rooms are available from Sunday evening. Local transport will be arranged.


Monday, 14 November – Friday, 18 November 2016


Course location: Department of Food Science, Aarhus University, Årslev, Denmark

Accommodation, Dalum Landbrugsskole, Odense, Denmark


By e-mail to course leader ASAP but the latest Saturday, 1 October 2016.

Contact: Carl-Otto Ottosen, e-mail:, Phone +45 2290 3105

Please note: Costs for accommodation and food is 8000 DKK and for food only is 2000 DKK.



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