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Soil Management (AGRI30037)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeAGRI30037
Semester 1
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A knowledge of appropriate methods for management of our soils is vital for sustainable food production and environmental health. This subject will provide students with a thorough understanding of key soil chemical, physical and biological processes to enable practical solutions to soil management issues at appropriate scales. The subject will discuss major soil management issues such as: carbon storage; soil acidification; salinity; erosion and sodicity, including soil structure and its maintenance; the use of fertilizers, including composts, biosolids, manures and effluents from intensive animal industries and processing plants; the use of soil testing for maintenance of soil fertility and; offsite impacts of management on air and water quality. The role of the soil microbiome in improving plant productivity and the role of soil organisms in improving soil fertility and promoting nutrient transformations will also be explored. Practicals and excursions will be used to demonstrate methods of soil survey and land capability assessment.

Intended learning outcomes

  • List the major soil management issues at appropriate scales
  • Devise appropriate soil management interventions for sustainable agriculture
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of soil spatial variability and assessment
  • Be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge of the soil system
  • Build knowledge appropriate to Certified Professional Soil Scientist performance objectives

Last updated: 21 September 2019