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AGRO0008-2  General tropical crop husbandry

Duration :  21h Th, 3h SEM
Number of credits :  
Required preliminary complements to register in the Advanced Master in Tropical and Subtropical Culture Protection2
Required preliminary complements to Advanced Master in Plant and Animal Resource Management in tropical environment2
Lecturer :  N...
Language(s) of instruction :  
French language
Course contents :  
  • Definition and variation of the concept of crop husbandry.
  • Presentation of the major factors influencing the cropping systems practiced in the tropics.
  • Presentation of the main techniques to maintain and improve the performance of cropping systems in the tropics: (i) selection of planting material and definition of appropriate rotations in pure stand and/or in intercropping, (ii) obtaining of the planting material, (iii) clearing, (iv) installation of the crops, (iv) management of soil fertility, (v) crop maintenance, (vi) harvesting and post-harvest operations.
Learning outcomes of the course :  
Make learn the basics needed to produce sustainably plants grown in the major tropical agro-ecosystems.
After completing the course the student is expected to:
  • Understand the key factors influencing the performance and the sustainable exploitation of tropical crops.
  • Understand the concepts of cropping system and crop management.
  • Choosing the planting materials best suited for a given cropping system in tropical areas.
  • Choose how to plant (date, spatial arrangement, density) according to the characteristics of the environment for the major tropical crops.
  • Provide technical solutions best suited to improve the physical, physico-chemical and biological soil properties in tropical regions.
  • Appreciate the importance and possibilities of implementation of protection and control systems of plant varieties in the tropics.
  • - Choose crop maintenance practices best suited to the characteristics of tropical environments.
  • Propose appropriate solutions to mitigate the harvest and post harvest losses for major food crops in the tropics.
Prerequisites and co-requisites/ Recommended optional programme components :  
AGRO0001-1 Agricultures comparées
AGRO0015-1 Fondement d'Agroécologie en régions tropicales
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :  
Lectures : 21h Seminars : 3h
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :  
Face to face
Recommended or required readings :  
Lecture notes and pwp.
Agriculture en Afrique Tropicale, ed. DGCI (Bruxelles), Coordonnateur : R. Raemaekers, 1634 pp.
Crop production in Tropical Africa, ed. DGCI (Bruxelles), Coordonator : R. Raemakers, 1540 pp.
Azam-Ali SN, Squire GR. 2002. Principles of tropical agronomy CABI publishing. Oxon. Grande Bretagne. 236 p.
Norman MJT, Pearson CJ, Searle PGE. 1995. The ecology of tropical food crops. Cambridge Univesity Press. Cambridge, Grande Bretagne. 430 p.
Assessment methods and criteria :  
Written examination (MCQ) (90%) Personal report (10%)
Work placement(s) :  
Organizational remarks :  
Contacts :  
Mergeai, Guy (chargé de cours) Phytotechnie tropicale et Horticulture +32-81 62 21 44


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