Study programmes / B-PPR Plant Protection / Agrochemistry and Plant Nutrition
Course code:AGCVZ
Course title in language of instruction:Agrochemie a výživa rostlin
Course title in Czech:Agrochemie a výživa rostlin
Course title in English:Agrochemistry and Plant Nutrition
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (6 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
Semester:WS 2019/2020 - FA
Name of lecturer:Ing. Jiří Antošovský (examiner, instructor)
doc. Ing. Pavel Ryant, Ph.D. (examiner, lecturer, supervisor)
Aims of the course:The aim is to gain knowledge of basic agrochemical soil properties. Attention will be focused on soil reaction and forms and transformations of plant nutrients and trace elements in the soil. It will explain the role of individual nutrients in the plant, their assimilation and their use for yield formation and quality of crop products. Students will gain the necessary knowledge about organic and mineral fertilizers, their characteristics and their use in crop production. Students will gain skills in agrochemical analyzes of soils, making recommendations for P, K, Ca, Mg and S fertilization and nitrogen nutrition corrections.
Course contents:
1.Agrochemical properties of soil (allowance 14/14)
a.soil fertility
b.soil composition
c.mineral and organic part of soil
d.sorptive ability of soil
e.soil acidity
f.plant nutrients in soil

2.The role of nutrients in the plant (allowance 10/4)
c.useful elements
d.danger elements

3.Manure, slurry and fertilisers (allowance 6/10)

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to apply knowledge
-ability to work independently
-basic computing skills
-professional knowledge

Specific competences:
-Ability of evaluation of agrochemical soil analysis and the suggestion of liming, fertilization and correction of nutrition
-Knowledge of raw materials, production, composition and use of mineral fertilizers
-Knowledge of the forms and transformations of nutrients in the soil
-Knowledge of the importance and needs of nutrients in crops
-The ability to analyze and rationally influence yield forming processes of main field crops in order to achieve quality and profitable production

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:Attendance at labs and submission of protocols from labs (total 5) are compulsory. At the end of the semester is necessary to identify 10 kinds of mineral fertilizers. In the 7th and 12th week of the semester will be two written tests. The first one concerns the analysis of soil and irrigation water, and the other is focused on the analysis of fertilizers. Minimum success rate is 75%. Credit is compulsory for final exam participation. The exam has two parts - written and oral. The written test consists of 5 questions in the main areas of the course (agrochemical soil characteristics, forms and transformations of nutrients in the soil, plant nutrient uptake, the function of nutrients in plants, fertilizers). Followed by oral part where the student draws three questions. Each question is separately classified and the final grade is the average for both parts of the exam. The final exam usually takes 60 minutes.
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture28 h
     laboratory work28 h
     preparation for exam42 h
     preparation for regular testing20 h
     preparation of presentation32 h
     elaboration of reports18 h
Total168 h

Basic reading list
Recommended reading list
  • MARSCHNER, H. Mineral nutrition of higher plants. London: Academic Press, 2002. 889 p. ISBN 0-12-473542-8.
  • Výživa a hnojenie pol'ných plodín. Nitra: Slovenská polnohospodárska univerzita v Nitre, 2000. 442 p. ISBN 80-7137-777-5.
  • HLUŠEK, J. -- RICHTER, R. -- RYANT, P. Výživa a hnojení zahradních plodin. 1st ed. Praha: Martin Sedláček, 2002. 81 p. ISBN 80-902413-5-2.
  • RICHTER, R. -- HLUŠEK, J. Výživa a hnojení rostlin: (I.obecná část). 1st ed. Brno: VŠZ v Brně, 1994. 171 p. ISBN 80-7157-138-5.
  • RICHTER, R. -- HŘIVNA, L. -- HLUŠEK, J. Výživa a hnojení rostlin: praktická cvičení. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 1999. 187 p. ISBN 80-7157-346-9.
  • VANĚK, V. et al. Výživa a hnojení polních a zahradních plodin. 3rd ed. Praha: Martin Sedláček, 2002. 132 p. ISBN 80-902413-7-9.