Course code LauZ6128

Credit points 5

Ecosystems of Grassland and Pasture

Total Hours in Course200

Number of hours for lectures24

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes56

Independent study hours120

Date of course confirmation28.11.2011

Responsible UnitInstitute of Soil and Plant Science

Course developer

author Augsnes un augu zinātņu institūts

Aleksandrs Adamovičs

Dr. agr.

Course abstract

Ecosystem of lawns components, structure, outwardly and internal connections. Ecosystems modeling. Co-operation of ecosystem of lawns organisms, food matter and energy stream and turn in a biosphere. Groups or biocenoze the living organisms of meadows. Biocenoze and environment. Population kinds of meadows and pastures. Productivity of lawns and harvest feeding value. Improve of the natural meadows and pastures kinds. Device, fertilizer, utilize and take the care of the sown lawns. Modelling of lawns conformities to the law.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Students obtain knowledge on ecosystem of grassland components, structure, outward and internal connections, ecosystems modeling, interaction of ecosystem of grassland organisms, food matter and energy stream and turn in a biosphere. Students are skilled to evaluate role of ecosystem of grassland yield formation, they are skilled to identify ecosystem components. The students acquire skills through the latest information technologies and information to navigate, publicly perform, present discuss their own professional findings. In result, students are competent in grassland ecosystems and management of agrobiocenosis formation process, organization and use of pasture. To study scientific literature and to carry out further self - education on topics included into the study course.

Compulsory reading

1. Frame I. Improved grassland management. Farming Press, United Kingdom: Farming Press. 1992. 351 p.
2. Агрономия. Под редакцией В.Д. Мухи. Москва: Колос, 2001. 504 с. ISBN 5100035528.
3. Cool-season forage grasses. Edited by L.E.Moser et al.; American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America. Madison, Wisconsin : ASA, 1996. 841 p.

Further reading

1. Grassland Science in Europe. EGF. Vol. 5-14., 2005-2011.
2. Полуэктов Р.А. Динамические модели агроэкосистем. Ленинград: Гидрометеоиздат, 1991. 311 с.
3. Būmane S. Minerālmēslojuma optimizācija ganību airenes sēklaudzēšanas sējumos minerālaugsnēs: promocijas darbs. LLU, LF, Jelgava: LLU, 2009. 151 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Latvijas Lauksaimniecības Universitātes Raksti. Latvijas Lauksaimniecības universitāte. ISSN 1407-4427.
2. Rakstu krājumi - Agronomy Research ISSN: 1406-894X. http://www.eau.ee/~agronomy/
3. Crop Science Published by The American Society of Agronomy. ISSN (printed): 0011-183X. ISSN (electronic): 1435-0653.