|Assessment length / details
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of plant biology within Controlled Environment Agriculture
Identify ways in which a controlled environment can be modified to promote certain stress responses
Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) is a technology-based approach to food production, allowing growers/food producers and agri-tech businesses to optimise growing conditions and resource usage. CEA has the potential to increase business resilience and food security in the face of factors such as climate change and land availability. This module introduces students to plant biology and looks at how general plant biology principles can be applied to controlled environments.
• Key principles of plant biology
• Characteristics of plant physiology
• Explore how general plant biology principles can be applied to controlled environments
• The nature of plants to the specific constraints of CEA systems.
Plant stress: optimising produce for human nutrition/high value metabolites
• Key drivers of plant stress
• Mechanisms that plants have evolved to counter stress
• Ways in which a controlled environment can be modified to promote certain stress responses
Learning will be tested with formative quizzes and by a summative masters level quiz at the end of the module
|Critical and analytical thinking
|The MCQ exam will pose questions that present theoretical problems for the students to solve.
|Students will be required to examine and synthesize quantitative data from a range of publications and databases to develop answers for their MCQ exam
|Subject Specific Skills
|Students will be asked to propose ways in which a controlled environment can be modified to promote certain stress responses
This module is at CQFW Level 7