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Bioactive Molecules in Agroecology

Thousands of molecules influence the biological interactions in ecological systems. The overall objective of the course is that the students achieve understanding of the importance of bioactive molecules in agroecological interactions.  

The course covers the bioactive compounds that play a role in the agroecological context – i.e. in the interaction between plants, animals, humans and the environment within agricultural systems. Theoretical lectures will give the fundament for practical lab-work on a) degradation, formation of metabolites and description of degradation kinetics b) effects of cattle’s intake of medicine on insects living on cattle manure c) use of plant root systems for uptake of pharmaceutical residues in the environment d) uptake and excretion in urine of bioactive compounds from rye bread e) toxicology testing in cell cultures f) effect of dietary phytochemicals on pesticide degradation in honeybees.  

Venue

The course is an off-campus course and held at Aarhus University Flakkebjerg, Forsøgsvej 1, DK-4200 Slagelse.

The Department of Agroecology is located in Flakkebjerg 10 km south of Slagelse with good possibilities of public transportation to Copenhagen. We have 6.500 m2 of laboratories, greenhouses and semi-field facilities and 175 ha of experimental area as well as library, offices and canteen. We are experts in integrated pest management for the control of plant diseases, pests and weeds.

AU Flakkebjerg

Forsøgsvej 1
4200 Slagelse

Accomodation:

It is the particitants' own responsability to book accomodation. We can suggest a hotel or hostel in Slagelse. Please contact the course administrator. Assistance can also be given in the search for alternative accommodation

Contact: course administrator,  Inge Fomsgaard, inge.fomsgaard@agro.au.dk

Exam info and full course description

Exam info and full course description can be found in the course catalogue.  

Admission Requirements

Course Specific:

A relevant bachelor's degree within Science and Technology.

General:

Exchange students: nomination from your home university

Freemovers: documentation for English Language proficiency

You can read more about admission here.