Description: Issues related to the importance of plants in our lives, including global food security, interactions between agriculture and the environment, the role of crops in human and animal nutrition, and the potential development of biofuels, biofibers, biopharmaceutical, and bioindustrial crops. Not available to students with *60 in Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences. This course does not substitute for PL SC 221 in the program core. Prerequisite: Biology 30 recommended.
Urban Plants: Gardening and Sustainability
Description: A hands-on, experiential education course taught at Devonian Botanic Garden. Students will learn relevant plant anatomy, an introduction to horticultural methods, garden plant basic needs, soil development, pruning practice, vegetable production examples, and contrast between home gardening and commercial production systems. Discussions and readings will incorporate sustainable practices, food security, local food movement, and environmental footprint.
Description: Principles of plant science for use in agriculture, forestry and environmental sciences. Emphasis on vascular plants in an applied context. Topics include: plant structure and function; reproduction and development; and diversity and management of vegetation and crops. Credit will only be given for one of PL SC 220, PL SC 221 or BOT 205. [Offered jointly by the Departments of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science and Renewable Resources].
Description: Study of crop production as influenced by plant-plant and plant-environment interactions, as well as management practices. Topics may include photosynthetic efficiency, growth analysis, competition and facilitation in monocrops and mixtures, response to climate change and environmental stress, use of genetically modified organisms and contrasting world crop production systems. Prerequisite: PL SC 221 or *3 200-level plant related course. Offered in even-numbered years.
Description: Agronomy, breeding, biochemistry, biotechnology, and ecological issues related to production of plants for bioproducts. Topics selected from biodiesel, fuel ethanol, biolubricants, bioplastic, platform biochemicals, and starch and protein for nonfood applications. Prerequisite: BIOL 107, PL SC 221 or CHEM 164 (or equivalent).
Invasive Alien Plants: Biology and Control
Description: Biology and ecology of invasive alien species in cropped, disturbed, and natural environments. Methods of control of weedy species, including biological, cultural, mechanical, and chemical and an introduction to the herbicide mechanism of action and environmental impacts. Prerequisite: PL SC 221 recommended.
Description: The establishment, management, conservation and utilization of forages. Morphological structure and adaptation of the principal forage grasses and legumes. Prerequisite: PL SC 221 or consent of Instructor.
Description: The role of cereals, oilseeds, and pulse crops in Western Canadian agricultural systems. Their botanical, physiological, agricultural, and market quality characteristics. Prerequisite: PL SC 221 or consent of Instructor.
Genetic Improvement of Crop Plants
Description: An introduction to the basic principles and concepts applied for the genetic improvement of crop plants. This will also include different plant breeding methods and tools used for the development of crop cultivars. Credit will only be given for one of PL SC 365 and 465. Prerequisites: BIOL 107 or PL SC 221.
Description: An introduction to plant diseases; the nature of nonparasitic and parasitic causal agents such as air pollutants, temperature, viruses, bacteria, fungi, higher plants and nematodes; principles involved in disease prevention and control. Prerequisite: BIOL 107 recommended.
Description: Project or reading course supervised by a Faculty member, requiring preparation of a comprehensive report. Prerequisites: *60 of university courses or higher and consent of the instructor. Note: may be taken more than once if topic is different.
Description: Absorption, translocation, degradation, mechanism of action. Offered in even-numbered years. Prerequisites: PL SC 352 and (BOT 240 or 340).
Diseases of Field and Horticultural Crops
Description: Diseases of cereal, oilseed, pulse, forage, vegetable, fruit and ornamental crops. Offered in odd-numbered years. Graduate students may not register for credit (see AFNS 582). Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 582 and PL SC 481. Prerequisite: PL SC 380 or consent of instructor.
Biotechnology for Crop Improvement
Description: The use of biotechnology, including genetic engineering, to improve crop plants. Topics covered will include developing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) with an emphasis on crop plants, the application of specific techniques to improve crop productivity, enhancing nutritional characteristics, phytoremediation and the production of pharmaceuticals and other plant products. Prerequisites: BIOL 207 or (BIOL 107 and PL SC 221). BOT 205 and (BIOCH 200 or PL SC 331) recommended. Credit will only be given for one of BOT 382 or PL SC 491.
Description: Integrated agronomic, mechanical, biological, and chemical control of insects, disease organisms and weeds that interfere with field crop and horticultural crop production. Graduate students may not register for credit (see AFNS 595). Credit will only be given for one of AFNS 595 and PL SC 495. Prerequisites: At least two of ENT 207, PL SC 352 or 380, and the third as a corequisite.
Description: The crop rotations, pest management, nutrient cycling, and economic and ecological sustainability of specific Alberta cropping systems will be examined. The lab will consist of a field tour in which students interact with researchers and agronomists from across Alberta. Classes will be a balance of lectures, integrating agronomic principles within the framework of Alberta cropping systems, and team project work. Field tour begins generally 5 days prior to the start of classes. Prerequisites: PL SC 355 and SOILS 210. PL SC 324, 352 and SOILS 460 recommended. Open to fourth-year students in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences.