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Current Research in Crop Protection


Who Is This Course For?

This course is aimed at individuals working to put agricultural research into practice i.e. Agronomists, Advisers, Technical Managers and Farmers.

Course participants will benefit from a deeper understanding of the research process, a more thorough knowledge of current research in relevant areas and an ability to design and implement research experiments within their own organisations, as well as interpret research results.


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Current Research in Crop Protection (Short Course)
Type/Duration: Short Course (Module) - Total of 7 Days - See course structure below. This module can be studied as a stand alone training course.
Entry Requirements:
Graduate level or relevant experience within the crops industry 
15 academic credits.
30 BASIS points.
Cost: The tuition price of this taught module is available on enquiry. You could receive up to 100% of the funding for the tuition fee through the AgriFood Advanced Training Partnership. 
Campus: Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ.

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  • Course Structure

The course is recognised by BASIS as an Advanced Module and counts towards the BASIS Diploma in Agronomy and is worth 30 CPD points.

Areas covered will include:

  • General Scientific Principles: Statistics in Agricultural Trials, Understanding and Presenting Trials Results and Data and Viruses in Oilseed Rape and Sugar Beet - From Concept to Farming Practice.

  • Weed Science: Weed Agro‐ecology, Weed Science Glasshouse and Outdoor Containers Demonstrations, Farm Tour and Weed Control Throughout the Rotation.

  • Plant Pathology and Plant Breeding: GM Crops, Plant Tissue Culture and Genetic Engineering, Disease Detection and Identification, Host Resistance, Plant Immunity, New Threats and Fungicide.

  • Entomology: Aphids as Crop Pests, Detection, Monitoring and Thresholds for Pests, Wheat Blossom Midges, Pollen Beetles, Climate Change and Pest Threats.
  • The course delivery will comprise of four training units at Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire.

    Course assessment is via a research project, presentation and viva.

    Unit Days Location Date
    General scientific principles and data analysis


    Elliott Suite, Conference Centre, Rothamsted Research. 15 Oct 2015
    Current research in weed science


    Elliott Suite, Conference Centre, Rothamsted Research. 23-24 Nov 2015
    Current research in plant breeding, genetics and plant pathology


    Elliott Suite, Conference Centre, Rothamsted Research. 2-3 Feb 2016
    Current research in entomology


    Elliott Suite, Conference Centre, Rothamsted Research. 24-25 Feb 2016



    Course Contact Details:

    Professor Linda Field  
    Biological Chemistry and Crop Protection - Rothamsted Research
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