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Applied methods in crop physiology

ECTS credits:



Course parameters:

The course is in English and the requirements are relevant courses in crop physiology from MSc level. MSc students engaged in thesis work can participate provided availability. Number of students min 6 and max 12.


Objectives of the course:

To give the students an up to date introduction to measurements of plant processes, both in the field and under protection, to allow them to select and develop suitable methods for measuring and analysing data in their PhD work. Furthermore, the course will present the newest knowledge and an overview of the current status of physiological measurement problems. New and emerging technologies will be presented.


Learning outcomes and competences:

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Evaluate different physiological measurement
  • Be able to select relevant methods for their research purpose
  • Use the obtained knowledge to develop a relevant research protocol


Compulsory programme:

Each day will cover a number of lectures and hands on exercises with measurement gear or computer models. Pre-course report (1 ECTS) on the background of the student’s project and expectations is mandatory. Additionally, a report based on the results of the course has to be to be prepared allowing for individual consultancy concerning experimental problems. All elements are mandatory.


Course contents:

All course elements will be combinations of theory and hands on in the lab.

Day 1 and 2: Photosynthesis

To give a good background for performing measurements of using traditional gas exchange, traditional chlorophyll fluorescence and related techniques for characterizing plant responses and phenotyping.

Day 3 - 4: Water relations in plants

To give a good background for understanding water status in plants when they are subjected to various stress conditions with emphasis on nitrogen and water.

Day 4- 5: Roots – the hidden half

to give an understanding of root growth and nutrient dynamics in the soil and how this is measured and modelled.



The requirements are relevant courses in crop physiology from MSc level. MSc students considering crop physiology or engaged in thesis work can participate provided availability.


Name of lecturers:

Carl-Otto Ottosen, Aarhus University (AU), Hanne Lakkenborg Kristensen, AU, Fulai Liu Copenhagen University (UCPH), Eva Rosenqvist, (UCPH), Mathias N. Andersen, AU


Type of course/teaching methods:

Lectures and exercises



As above



Will be put on a shared dropbox folder before the course with recommendations for reading.


Course homepage:



Course assessment:

The assessment will be made based on the final report by one of the teachers.



Department of Food Science, Aarhus University


Special comments on this course:

Participation in course: free.

Costs for food and materials is DKK 1500.

Since the course starts Monday morning it might make sense to travel to Aarhus on Sunday



8-12 April 2024



Course location: Department of Food Science, Aarhus University, Agrofoodpark 82, Aarhus N


By mail to course leader Carl-Otto Ottosen, e-mail: coo@food.au.dk ASAP and before 1 March 2024.

If you have any questions, please contact Carl-Otto Ottosen, e-mail: coo@food.au.dk , Phone +45 22903105

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