931322 Technology in organic agriculture

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Gronauer, Andreas , Mairhofer, Franziska , Bauer, Alexander , Barta, Norbert , Britz, Roland
Institute of Agricultural Engineering
Offered in
Wintersemester 2017/18
Languages of instruction


The course focuses on technology particularly used in organic agriculture. Especially the following topics are covered:
• Tillage
• Seed treatment and sowing technology
• Fertilization
• Weed management
• Plant protection
• Harvesting technology
The special features and differences of organic production compared with non-organic production are shown.
This course consists of two parts:
• After an introduction to the topics listed above, the following two lectures cover the topics weed management and fertilization 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:
• Evaluate advantages and disadvantages of technology for the usage in organic agriculture
• Understand technological challenges in organic agriculture
• Gather and evaluate information from scientific literature
• Prepare scientific literature for scientific presentations
• Use appropriate technical terms in the English language
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.