CES332 Syllabus - Sustainable Agriculture And Environmental Management - 2021 Regulation - Open Elective | Anna University

CES332 Syllabus - Sustainable Agriculture And Environmental Management - 2021 Regulation - Open Elective | Anna University

CES332

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

 L T P C

3003

OBJECTIVES:
• To educate the students about the issues of sustainability in agroecosystems, introduce the concepts and principles of agroecology as applied to the design and management of sustainable agricultural systems for a changing world.

UNIT I

AGROECOLOGY, AGROECOSYSTEM AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE CONCEPTS

9

Ecosystem definition - Biotic Vs. abiotic factors in an ecosystem - Ecosystem processes - Ecological services and agriculture - Problems associated with industrial agriculture/food systems - Defining sustainability - Characteristics of sustainable agriculture - Difference between regenerative and sustainable agriculture systems

UNIT II

SOIL HEALTH, NUTRIENT AND PEST MANAGEMENT

9

Soil health definition - Factors to consider (physical, chemical and biological) - Composition of healthy soils - Soil erosion and possible control measures - Techniques to build healthy soil - Management practices for improving soil nutrient - Ecologically sustainable strategies for pest and disease control


UNIT III

WATER MANAGEMENT

9

Soil water storage and availability - Plant yield response to water - Reducing evaporation in agriculture - Earthworks and tanks for rainwater harvesting - Options for improving the productivity of water - Localized irrigation - Irrigation scheduling - Fertigation - Advanced irrigation systems and agricultural practices for sustainable water use

UNIT IV

ENERGY AND WASTE MANAGEMENT

9

Types and sources of agricultural wastes - Composition of agricultural wastes - Sustainable technologies for the management of agricultural wastes - Useful and high value materials produced using different processes from agricultural wastes - Renewable energy for sustainable agriculture

UNIT V

EVALUATING SUSTAINABILITY IN AGROECOSYSTEMS

9

Indicators of sustainability in agriculture - On-farm evaluation of agroecosystem sustainability - Alternative agriculture approaches/ farming techniques for sustainable food production - Goals and components of a community food system - Case studies

TOTAL: 45 PERIODS

OUTCOMES:• On completion of the course, the student is expected to be able to
CO1 Have an in-depth knowledge about the concepts, principles and advantages of sustainable agriculture
CO2 Discuss the sustainable ways in managing soil health, nutrients, pests and diseases
CO3 Suggest the ways to optimize the use of water in agriculture to promote an ecological use of resources
CO4 Develop energy and waste management plans for promoting sustainable agriculture in non- sustainable farming
CO5 Assess an ecosystem for its level of sustainability and prescribe ways of converting to a sustainable system through the redesign of a conventional agroecosystem

TEXT BOOKS:

REFERENCES:
1. Approaches to Sustainable Agriculture – Exploring the Pathways Towards the Future of Farming, Oberc, B.P. & Arroyo Schnell, A., IUCN, Belgium, 2020
2. Natural bioactive products in sustainable agriculture, Singh, J. & Yadav, A.N., Springer, 2020
3. Organic Farming for Sustainable Agriculture, Nandwani, D., Springer, 2016
4. Principles of Agronomy for Sustainable Agriculture, Villalobos, F.J. & Fereres, E., Springer, 2016
5. Sustainable Agriculture for Food Security: A Global Perspective, Balkrishna, A., CRC Press, 2021
6. Sustainable Energy Solutions in Agriculture, Bundschuh, J. & Chen, G., CRC Press, 2014

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