This is an advanced course for students interested in the ecology of agricultural systems. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of inputs and outputs in agricultural systems and their relation to primary productivity, nutrient cycling, soil formation, pest control and biodiversity on farm. We will address questions like, how can animals contribute to soil fertility on farm? Can temporal and spatial crop diversity be used to manage pest and disease populations? How does tillage affect water uptake by crops? During the lab portion of the course students will undertake a self designed research project.
Corequisites: Students must also register for lab, BIO4101L.