Harper Adams is the UK’s only provider of a postgraduate course in weed science. Weeds cause significant losses in crop production despite the continued development of cultural, mechanical, biological and chemical controls. In addition they reduce crop quality, cause cultivation and harvest problems and act as hosts for crop pests and pathogens. Only by understanding weed life cycles and their interactions with crops and the environment can truly integrated controls be developed. By successfully completing this course you will develop a range of abilities that will prepare you for an interesting and fulfilling career that addresses the development and implementation of weed management in the 21st century.
Although food production has tripled in the last 40 years, approximately 1 billion people still go hungry, with an average of 30 per cent of all available food being wasted during production, processing and distribution. Crop losses through weed interactions are estimated to be on average 13% worldwide, although in certain cases this figure is significantly higher. The cost of weed management is estimated to be nearly half of the total amount spent on crop protection in many situations.
The aim of the course is to provide students with specialized training in weed science.
The course will: ◾ prepare students for a career involving weed science, including agronomy ◾ offer vocational training in the area of applied weed science ◾ prepare students for PhD studies
The course is intended to provide a detailed understanding of basic and applied weed science and the issues associated with current production systems and control strategies. The course is underpinned by an extensive programme of agri-environment research at Harper Adams and longstanding collaborations with research institutes and other organisations in the UK and overseas.
A UK honours degree (minimum 2:2) or equivalent overseas qualification. A good FdSc/HND pass in a relevant subject area plus at least two years' relevant industrial or professional experience.Previous experience, referees' reports and interviews will be used to determine the suitability of candidates for particular programmes.
Recipient: Harper Adams University
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