Course: Tropical and Subtropical Crops

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Course title Tropical and Subtropical Crops
Course code KBD/QTSUR
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study 1
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Malíková Lenka, Ing. Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Introduction to crop production, agricultural systems in TS. 2.Cereals. 3. Legumes. 4. Fruit. 5. Vegetables. 6. Root crops. 7. Other carbohydrate crops. 8. Oilseeds. 9. Plants providing fibers. 10. Pastures and fodder. 11 Forest management in the tropics and agroforestry. 12. Snacks. 13. Crops providing exudates, dyes, tannins and pesticides. 14. Spicy, aromatic and medicinal plants.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Demonstration, Excursion
  • Preparation for credit - 15 hours per semester
  • Field trip - 12 hours per semester
  • Semestral paper - 17 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 55 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 35 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 16 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with a specific range of economically most important crops grown in the tropics and subtropics. The course deals in more detail with centers of origin, botanical classification, morphology, agroecology, chemical composition of fruits and products for which plants are grown, propagation, cultivation systems and post-harvest processing of individual crops in connection with social, cultural, nutritional, health and economic aspects of their production. In this subject, plants that can be grown in residential conditions, or in outdoor conditions.
Basic knowledge of ecology, botany and plant anatomy.
Prerequisites
10-15 minute oral presentation, knowledge of basic principles of ecology and botanical classification.

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance assessment, Interview, Combined exam, Test, Seminar work

-be able to determine and characterize important tropical crops, to know their optimal environmental conditions in which they occur and are suitable for their cultivation
Recommended literature
  • BRINK, M.; ESCOBIN, R. P. (Editors). Plant resources of South-East Asia No 17. Fibre plants. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands, 2003.
  • FLACH, M.; RUMAWAS, F. (Editors). Plant resources of South-East Asia No 9. Plants yielding non-seed carbohydrates. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands, 1996.
  • KOKOŠKA, L. Spices, aromatic and medicinal plants of tropics and subtropics. ITS CUA Prague, 2003.
  • LOJKA, B; PREININGER D. Introduction to agroforestry. ITS CUA Prague, 2006.
  • MORTON J. F. Fruits of warm climates. Media, Incorporated, 1987.
  • POLESNÝ, Z. Plants yelding non-seed cyrbohydrates. ITS CUA Prague, 2004.
  • POSPÍŠIL, F., HRACHOVÁ, B. Ovocnictví - Tropické a subtropické druhy. Brno, VŠZ, 1990.
  • POSPÍŠIL, F., HRACHOVÁ, B. Užitkové rostliny jižních zemí. Praha, Academia, 1989.
  • RUBBEN G.J.H., PARTOHARDJONO S. (Eds.). Plant Resources of South-East Asia No 10. Cereals. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, 1996.
  • VALÍČEK, P. a kol. Užitkové rostliny tropů a subtropů. 2002, 2002.
  • VAN DER VOSSEN, H. A. M.; UMALI, B. E. (Editors). Plant resources of South-East Asia No 14. Vegetable oils and fats. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands, 2001.
  • VERHEIJ E.W.M., Coronel R.E. (Eds.). Plant Resources of South-East Asia No 2. Edible fruits and Nuts. Pudoc/Prosea, Wageningen, the Netherlands, 1991.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture and Technology Study plan (Version): Biology and protection of "hobby" organisms (2013) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture and Technology Study plan (Version): Biology and protection of "hobby" organisms (2019) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer