Course: Weed Management in Organic Farming

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Course title Weed Management in Organic Farming
Course code KAES/QREGE
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study 1
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Perná Kristýna, Mgr. Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
Weed spreading. Differences in classification and categorization of weed harmfulness under ecological conditions. Reasons of weed infestation, harmfulness and usefulness of weeds and their ecological importance. Weeds generative propagation. Seed and fruit production and spreading. Weed seeds and fruits resources in soil. Germination ability, emergence rate of seeds and fruits, conditions of germination, year rhythm of emergence, germination of seeds by stages, length of seed life, and relation between weed seeds and fruits resources in soil and weed infestation in crops. Weeds vegetative propagation. Properties of weed vegetative propagation organs and weed spreading by vegetative propagation organs. Basic biological weed properties, weed infestation diagnosis, prognosis and regulation. Preventive, mechanic and biological weed regulation methods under ecological conditions of farming.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing)
  • Preparation for classes - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 30 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 50 hours per semester
  • Semestral paper - 20 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 12 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to deepen knowledge about weed control in organic farming. The main attention is focused on the correct diagnosis of weeds and on preventive, mechanical and biological methods of weed control.
Enhancement of professional knowledge in the field of organic farming and friendly weed control methods respecting the principles of organic farming.
General knowledge of science subjects at high school and newly at ZFJU, botany, agriculture.

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam, Seminar work

Processing of seminar work, determination of selected weeds, their seedlings and seeds.
Recommended literature
  • Dvořák J., Smutný V. Herbologie - Integrovaná ochrana proti polním plevelům s. 186.. Brno, 2003.
  • Hakansson S. Weeds and weed management on arable land: an ecological approach s. 274.. Cambridge USA, CABI Publishing, 2003.
  • Hamouz P., Hamouzová K. Atlas klíčních rostlin polních plevelů. České Budějovice, 2015. ISBN 978-80-87111-48-2.
  • Jursík M., Holec J. a kol. Biologie a regulace plevelů. České Budějovice, 2018. ISBN 978-80-87111-71-0.
  • Kohout V. a kol. Herbologie. Plevele a jejich regulace s. 115. Praha, 1996.
  • Mikulka J. Plevele polních plodin. Praha, 2014. ISBN 97880- 86726-60-1.
  • Šarapatka B., Urban J. a kol. Ekologické zemědělství v praxi. PRO-BIO Šumperk, 2006. ISBN 80-87080-00-9.
  • Urban J., Šarapatka B. Ekologické zemědělství, 1. díl. MŽP Praha, 2003. ISBN 80-7212-274-6.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agricultural Ecology (2017) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agricultural Ecology (2017) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter