AGRI5571 Advanced Soil Science

Credit
6 points
Offering
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This is an advanced unit linking soil chemistry and biology in the soil-water-plant-microbe continuum, emphasising interactions that govern soil health and fertility. It deals with nutrient cycling in soils with respect to nutrient offtake in agricultural products as well as losses to ground- and surface waters and air. Students gain an understanding of the chemical equilibria and processes in soil solution and at the solid surfaces as well as how soil microbiome abundance and diversity influence soil ecological services.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of soil processes governing cycling of macro- and micronutrients from soils to microorganisms, plants and animals; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the balance between nitrogen fertilisation to enhance food production and minimise undesirable export of reactive nitrogen species from soils; (3) assess the importance of soil microbiome abundance and diversity in organic matter decomposition versus carbon sequestration in soil; (4) demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics of soil ecological services in the context of climate change and variability; (5) analyse experimental data; (6) explain analysis of experimental data; and (7) classify relevant soil science information in the context of soil health and ecological services in natural and managed ecosystems.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essays and (2) seminar presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Zed Rengel
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
ENVT3060 Soil–Plant Interactions
or
SCIE4409 Fundamentals of Agricultural Science
Contact hours
6 x 1-day integrated sessions during semester. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours
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