Study programmes / B-AGB Agrobiology / Crop science for the non-food applications
Course code:PRPN
Course title in language of instruction:Pěstování rostlin pro nepotravinářské účely
Course title in Czech:Pěstování rostlin pro nepotravinářské účely
Course title in English:Crop science for the non-food applications
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (4 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 2/2
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:bachelor; master; master continuing
Semester:SS 2019/2020 - FA
Name of lecturer:Ing. Tomáš Středa, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor, tutor)
Aims of the course:In this course, students will learn about the current situation and prospects of growing non-food crops, spectrum of plant species potentially suitable for non-food use, optimum methods of growing (agro techniques) prospective non-food crops species and spectrum of possibilities of non-food use of plant production with regard to biomass properties. When applying this knowledge, they will acquire skills how to use suitable plant species and varieties for non-food purposes. They also will learn how to maximise yields and quality of produce for this purpose and how to respect principles of good agricultural practice GAP)
Course contents:
1.Introduction. Current situation and structure of plant production worldwide and in the CR. Crops cultivated on agricultural and arable land. (allowance 2/1)
2.From deficient agricultural production to over-production. Possible ways how to solve the problem of over-production. (allowance 2/1)
3.Species suitable for a long-term set-aside of land. Their requirements and growing technologies. (allowance 2/1)
4.Growing and use of starch crops for non-food purposes. (allowance 4/2)
5.Growing and use of sugar crops for non-food purposes. (allowance 2/1)
6.Growing and use of protein crops for non-food purposes. (allowance 2/1)
7.Growing and use of oil crops for non-food purposes. (allowance 4/2)
8.Growing and use of crops containing cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin for non-food purposes. Annual and perennial species. (allowance 4/2)
9.Growing and use of medicinal, cosmetic and dyeplants for non-food purposes. (allowance 2/1)
10.Crops and growing methods suitable for empowerment of extra-productional functions of plant production. (allowance 2/1)
11.Non-food production in practice. Situation, concrete examples, experiences, problems, advantages, and benefits. (allowance 2/1)

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to analyse and synthesize
-ability to apply knowledge
-ability to work independently
-general knowledge
-professional knowledge

Specific competences:
-Ability of non-food production consulting
-Knowledge of biology and demands of crops for non-food applications.
-Knowledge of non-food production specifity.
-Knowledge of species usable for non-food applications in the Czech Republic.
-Knowledge of technological parameters of biomass for non-food applications
-Skills of carrying out of agronomic practices in management of crop for non-food applications.

Type of course unit:required
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:Partipitation on seminars 75 % at least. Elaboration of project and its discussion 25 % of total mark. Oral exam 30 minutes 75 % of total mark.
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture24 h
     practice24 h
     professional educational excursion8 h
     preparation for exam32 h
     preparation of presentation12 h
     elaboration and execution of projects24 h
Total124 h

Basic reading list
  • MOUDRÝ, J. -- STRAŠIL, Z. Pěstování alternativních plodin: (učební texty). 1st ed. České Budějovice: Jihočeská univerzita, 1999. 165 p. ISBN 80-7040-383-7.
  • STŘEDA, T. -- STRAŠIL, Z. Pěstování rostlin pro nepotravinářské účely: speciální část. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2014. 94 p. ISBN 978-80-7509-005-8.
Recommended reading list
  • ROSILLO-CALLE, F. -- GROOT, P D. et al. The biomass assessment handbook : bioenergy for a sustainable environment. London [u.a.]: Earthscan, 2007. 269 p. ISBN 978-1-84407-285-9.