931322 Technology in organic agriculture

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Wintersemester 2019/20
Languages of instruction


The course focuses on technology particularly used in organic agriculture. Especially the following topics are covered:
• Tillage
• Seed treatment
• Fertilization
• Weed management
• Plant protection
• Life-cycle assessment
The special features and differences of organic production compared with non-organic production are shown.
This course consists of two parts:
• The frist part is a lecture part in which some topics are covered in greater detail.
• The second part is a seminar. Here student groups prepare a term paper, a presentation and a handout with feasible examination questions which can be answered using the corresponding paper. Topics will be listed in BOKUlearn shortly before the first lecture.

Previous knowledge expected

The prerequisite for participation in the course is a basic knowledge of agrophysics, fundamentals of agricultural engineering, agricultural process engineering and organic agriculture.
The ability to work scientifically is required.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Upon positive completion of the course, students will be able to:
• Name advantages and disadvantages of technology in organic farming and discuss them critically
• Name the technical challenges in organic farming
• Identify and assess particularities in the application of agricultural engineering in organic farming
• Understand, explain and use technical terms in English
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.