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363-1109-00LIntroduction to MicroeconomicsO3 credits2GM. Wörter, M. Beck
AbstractThe course introduces basic principles, problems and approaches of microeconomics. It describes economic decisions of households and firms, and their coordination through perfectly competitive markets.
ObjectiveStudents acquire a deeper understanding of basic microeconomic models.

They acquire the ability to apply these models in the interpretation of real world economic contexts.

Students acquire a reflective and contextual knowledge on how societies use scarce resources to produce goods and services and distribute them among themselves.
ContentMarket, budget constraint, preferences, utility function, utility maximisation, demand, technology, profit function, cost minimisation, cost functions, perfect competition, information and communication technologies
Lecture notesCourse material in e-learning environment
LiteratureVarian, Hal R. (2014), Intermediate Microeconomics, W.W. Norton
Prerequisites / NoticeThis course "Einführung in die Mikroökonomie“ (363-1109-00L) is intended for Bachelor students and LE 363-0503-00 "Principles of Microeconomics" for Master students.
751-0903-00LMicroeconomics of the Agriculture and Food SectorW+2 credits2VT. Dalhaus
AbstractIn dieser Vorlesung sollen Mikroökonomische Zusammenhänge am Fallbeispiel des Agrar- und Ernährungssektors vermittelt werden. Ziel ist das Verständnis theoretischer mikroökonomischer Methoden und deren Anwendbarkeit auf den Ernährungssektor
ObjectiveZunächst sollen ökonomische Charakteristika des Lebensmittelsektors herausgearbeitet und gegenüber anderen Industriesektoren differenziert werden. Daraufhin sollen theoretische mikroökonomische Modelle und Indikatoren erlernt werden. Insbesondere soll deren Anwendung auf reale Fälle der Schweizer und EU Lebensmittelindustrie vermittelt werden.
Content- Der EU Lebensmittelsektor
- Preiselastizitäten von Angebot und Nachfrage im Ernährungssektor
(Marktmacht, Lancaster Modell)
- Gewinnmaximierung
- Wettbewerbsangebot
- Monopol/ Monopolistischer Wettbewerb/ Monopson
- Oligopol (Stackelberg, Cournot, Bertrand)
- Preisbildung/ Preisdiskriminierung
- Kartelle
- Dominante Firma
Literature- Pindyck und Rubinfeld. Mikroökonomie, 7. Aufl., Pearson Studium.
- Carlton and Perloff: Modern Industrial Organization 4th ed., Pearson Addison Wesley.
Prerequisites / NoticeEmpfohlene Vorkenntnisse:
- Grundkenntnisse der Ökonomie/Agrarökonomie
- Vorlesung Einführung in die Mikroökonomie
751-0401-00LOptimization of Agricultural Production SystemsW+2 credits2GR. Huber
AbstractIntroduction in to optimization of agricultural production systems with linear and non-linear programming models.
ObjectiveStudents will be able to a) solve linear and non-linear optimization problems in the context of agricultural production; b) properly interpret the results; and c) critically discuss the economic implications.
ContentThe course is an application of Operations Research (OR). First, the theory and application of linear programming (LP) is presented. Students will learn the underlying principles (Optimization, Duality, Simplex) and solve exercises in the context of agricultural production. In the second part of the course, the foundation of non-linear programming (NLP) is introduced (Lagrange, Kuhn-Tucker) and illustrated with various examples.
Lecture notesHanded out during lecture
LiteratureKaiser, H. M., and K. D. Messer. Mathematical programming for agricultural, environmental and resource economics. John Wiley and Sons, Inc, 2011.
363-0537-00LResource and Environmental EconomicsW+3 credits2GL. Bretschger
AbstractRelationship between economy and environment, market failure, external effects and public goods, contingent valuation, internalisation of externalities; economics of non-renewable resources, economics of renewable resources, cost-benefit analysis, sustainability, and international aspects of resource and environmental economics.
ObjectiveUnderstanding of the basic issues and methods in resource and environmental economics; ability to solve typical problems in the field using the appropriate tools, which are concise verbal explanations, diagrams or mathematical expressions.

Topics are:
Introduction to resource and environmental economics
Importance of resource and environmental economics
Main issues of resource and environmental economics
Normative basis
Fairness according to Rawls
Economic growth and environment
Externalities in the environmental sphere
Governmental internalisation of externalities
Private internalisation of externalities: the Coase theorem
Free rider problem and public goods
Types of public policy
Efficient level of pollution
Tax vs. permits
Command and Control Instruments
Empirical data on non-renewable natural resources
Optimal price development: the Hotelling-rule
Effects of exploration and Backstop-technology
Effects of different types of markets.
Biological growth function
Optimal depletion of renewable resources
Social inefficiency as result of over-use of open-access resources
Cost-benefit analysis and the environment
Measuring environmental benefit
Measuring costs
Concept of sustainability
Technological feasibility
Conflicts sustainability / optimality
Indicators of sustainability
Problem of climate change
Cost and benefit of climate change
Climate change as international ecological externality
International climate policy: Kyoto protocol
Implementation of the Kyoto protocol in Switzerland
ContentEconomy and natural environment, welfare concepts and market failure, external effects and public goods, measuring externalities and contingent valuation, internalising external effects and environmental policy, economics of non-renewable resources, renewable resources, cost-benefit-analysis, sustainability issues, international aspects of resource and environmental problems, selected examples and case studies.
LiteraturePerman, R., Ma, Y., McGilvray, J, Common, M.: "Natural Resource & Environmental Economics", 3d edition, Longman, Essex 2003.
752-2120-00LConsumer Behaviour IW2 credits2VM. Siegrist, A. Bearth, B. S. Sütterlin
AbstractIntroduction in consumer research. The following aspects will be emphasized in the course: Consumer decision making, indiviudal determinants of consumer behavior, environmental influences on consumer behavior, influencing consumer behavior
ObjectiveIntroduction in consumer research. The following aspects will be emphasized in the course: Consumer decision making, indiviudal determinants of consumer behavior, environmental influences on consumer behavior, influencing consumer behavior
Plant Sciences
751-3700-00LPlant Ecophysiology Information O2 credits2VN. Buchmann, A. Gessler, M. Gharun, A. Walter
AbstractThe general theme of this course is the effect of environmental factors (such as light, temperature, relative humidity, CO2 concentrations, etc.) on plant physiology: water uptake and transport, transpiration, CO2 gas exchange of plants (photosynthesis, respiration), growth and C allocation, yield and production, stress physiology. Lab and field measurements are is included.
ObjectiveThe students will understand the impact of environmental factors on plant physiology and will learn the theoretical basis and terminology of plant ecophysiology that is necessary to analyze yield potentials in agriculture. The students will learn about classical and latest studies in plant ecophysiology and will have hands-on experiences with equipment used in plant ecophysiology.
ContentDas Ziel vieler landwirtschaftlicher Managemententscheidungen, d. h., das Erhöhen der Produktivität und des Ertrages, basiert häufig auf Reaktionen der Pflanzen auf Umweltfaktoren, z. B. Nährstoff- und Wasserangebot, Licht, etc. Daher werden in diesem Kurs der Einfluss von Umweltfaktoren auf die pflanzliche Physiologie behandelt, z. B. auf den Gaswechsel von Pflanzen (Photosynthese, Atmung, Transpiration), auf die Nährstoff- und Wasseraufnahme und den -Transport in Pflanzen, auf das Wachstum, den Ertrag und die C-Allokation, auf die Produktion und Qualität der produzierten Biomasse. Anhand der wichtigsten Pflanzenarten in Schweizer Graslandökosystemen werden diese theoretischen Kenntnisse vertieft und Aspekte der Bewirtschaftung (Schnitt, Düngung, etc.) angesprochen.
Lecture notesHandouts stehen online.
LiteratureLarcher 1994, Lambers et al. 2008, Schulze et al. 2002
Prerequisites / NoticeDieser Kurs basiert auf Grundlagen der Pflanzenbestimmung und der Pflanzenphysiologie. Er ist Basis für die Veranstaltungen „Futterbau“ und „Graslandsysteme“.
751-3401-00LPlant Nutrition IO2 credits2VE. Frossard
AbstractThe aim of these lecture is to present the processes controlling the uptake and transport of nutrients by the plant, the assimilation of nutrients in the plant, the effect of nutrients on crop yield and quality, the role of the soil as a source of nutrients for crops, and the basic principles of fertilization of different crop types using mineral and organic fertilizers.
ObjectiveAt the end of the lecture, students know how mineral nutrients are taken up through roots and circulate in the plants and what their roles in plants are. They understand the importance of nutrients for yield formation and for crop product quality. They are able to propose fertilization plans adapted for field crops growing under Swiss conditions.
ContentA general introduction explains the needs of appropriately managing nutrients in plant production. Afterwards, we will study the physiology of plant nutrition (nutrient uptake by roots; nutrient transports in the plant; physiological roles of nutrients in the plant). Then the role of nutrients for yield formation and their effects on crop quality is dealt with. Finally, the bases of crop fertilization are taught (availability of nutrient in soil; N, P and K fertilization; different types of fertilizers).
Lecture notesThe slides will be distributed
LiteratureMarschner 1995. Mineral Nutrition of higher plants (available on line on the ETH library).
Schubert S 2006 Pflanzenernährung Grundwissen Bachelor Ulmer UTB
Richner W. & Sinaj S., 2017. Grundlagen für die Düngung landwirtschaftlicher Kulturen in der Schweiz (GRUD 2017). Agrarforschung Schweiz 8 (6), Spezialpublikation,
Bergmann, W. 1988. Ernährungsstörungen bei Kulturpflanzen.
751-4108-00LInnovation in Precision Agriculture Restricted registration - show details
Nur für Agrarwissenschaften BSc.
Maximale Teilnehmerzahl: 16.

Ein Motivationsschreiben muss nach der ersten Veranstaltung (Montag 24.9.2018) bis am Mittwoch 26.9.2018 an Eduardo Pérez ( geschickt werden. Die definitive Teilnahme an der Lehrveranstaltung wird den Studierenden am Freitag 28.9.2018 mitgeteilt. Die definitive Belegung wird anschliessend vom Studiensekretariat vorgenommen.
W+3 credits2GE. A. Pérez Torres, A. Walter
AbstractVariable rate application technologies open up new horizons for agriculture. This course covers the first steps of innovation and entrepreneurship within the theme of Precision Agriculture. Students explore through group work how their own ideas can be developed into business opportunities.
ObjectiveDuring the course, the students learn to generate their own ideas within the framework of precision agriculture and to evaluate the first steps with which their ideas can be translated into useful applications.
ContentFurther information can be found on: Link
751-4504-00LPlant Pathology IW+2 credits2GB. McDonald
AbstractPlant Pathology I will focus on pathogen-plant interactions, epidemiology, disease assessment, and disease development in agroecosystems. Themes will include: 1) how pathogens attack plants and; 2) how plants defend themselves against pathogens; 3) factors driving the development of epidemics in agroecosystems.
ObjectiveStudents will understand: 1) how pathogens attack plants and; 2) how plants defend themselves against pathogens; 3) factors driving the development of epidemics in agroecosystems as a basis for implementing disease management strategies in agroecosystems.
ContentCourse description: Plant Pathology I will focus on pathogen-plant interactions, epidemiology, disease assessment, and disease development in agroecosystems. Themes will include: 1) how pathogens attack plants and; 2) how plants defend themselves against pathogens; 3) factors driving the development of epidemics in agroecosystems. Topics under the first theme will include pathogen life cycles, disease cycles, and an overview of plant pathogenic nematodes, viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Topics under the second theme will include plant defense strategies, host range, passive and active defenses, and chemical and structural defenses. Topics under the third theme will include the disease triangle and cultural control strategies.

Lecture Topics and Tentative Schedule

Week 1 No Lecture: First day of autumn semester

Week 2 The nature of plant diseases, symbiosis, parasites, mutualism, biotrophs and necrotrophs, disease cycles and pathogen life cycles. Nematode attack strategies and types of damage.

Week 3 Viral pathogens, classification, reproduction and transmission, attack strategies and types of damage. Examples TMV, BYDV, plum pox virus. Bacterial pathogens and phytoplasmas, classification, reproduction and transmission. Bacterial attack strategies and symptoms. Example bacterial diseases: fire blight, Agrobacterium crown gall, soft rots.

Week 4 Fungal pathogens, classification, growth and reproduction, sexual and asexual spores, transmission. Fungal life cycles, disease cycles, infection processes, colonization, phytotoxins and mycotoxins. Attack strategies of fungal necrotrophs and biotrophs.

Week 5 Symptoms and signs of fungal infection. Example fungal diseases: potato late blight, wheat stem rust, grape powdery mildew, wheat Septoria leaf blotch.

Week 6 Plant defense mechanisms, host range and non-host resistance. Passive structural and chemical defenses, preformed chemical defenses. Active structural defense, papillae, active chemical defense, hypersensitive response, pathogenesis-related (PR) proteins, phytoalexins and disease resistance.

Week 7 Pisatin and pisatin demethylase. Local and systemic acquired resistance, signal molecules.

Week 8 Pathogen effects on food quality and safety.

Week 9 Epidemiology: historical epidemics, disease pyramid, environmental effects on epidemic development. Plant effects on development of epidemics, including resistance, physiology, density, uniformity.

Week 10 Disease assessment: incidence and severity measures, keys, diagrams, scales, measurement errors. Correlations between incidence and severity.

Week 11 Molecular detection and diagnosis of pathogens. Host indexing, serology, monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies. ELISA, PCR, rDNA and rep-PCR.

Week 12 Strategies for minimizing disease risks: principles of disease control and management.

Week 13 Disease control strategies: economic thresholds, physical control methods.

Week 14 Cultural control methods: avoidance, tillage practices, crop sanitation, fertilizers, crop rotation.
Lecture notesDetailed lecture notes (~160 pages) will be available for purchase at the cost of reproduction at the start of the semester.
751-4801-00LSystem-Oriented Management of Herbivore Insects IW+2 credits2GD. Mazzi
AbstractThe focus is on the potential to assess strategies and tactics of pest management, taking into account the demands from the economy, the environment and the society. Significant agricultural approaches will be explained using practical examples, including prevention using natural resources, surveillance and forecasting, resistance management, as well as product registration, incl. ecotoxicology.
ObjectiveThe students gain a good understanding of fundamental aspects of pest management in agroecosystems. They will have the ability to assess options for action in view of requirements from the economy, the ecology and the society. Further, they will learn to perform searches on relevant issues in pest management, and to critically evaluate case studies.
751-5003-00LSustainable Agroecosystems IIW+2 credits2VJ. Six, M. Hartmann, A. Hofmann
AbstractThis class conveys current topics and methods of agroecological research through selected case studies from ongoing research projects of the Sustainable Agroecosystems group, complemented by and hands-on exercises. Students will gain an overview on actors in the field of sustainable agricultural development.
Objective(1) Analyzing case studies from current agroecological research, (2) Training in methods for field and laboratory investigations in agroecology, (3) Getting to know institutions in the context of sustainable agricultural development.
LiteratureGliessman, S.R. (2014) Agroecology: the ecology of sustainable food systems. 3rd edition, CRC Press. 405 p.
Prerequisites / NoticePrior participation in the lecture Nachhaltige Agrarökosysteme I (Sustainable Agroecosystems I) 751-5000-00G (spring term) recommended.
751-4201-00LHorticulture I
Die LE Hortikultur I findet im HS18 zum letzten Mal statt. Die LE Hortikultur II wird im FS19 nicht mehr angeboten.
W2 credits2VC. Carlen, A. Bühlmann, A. Näf, J.‑L. Spring
AbstractOverview on horticulture (international and national), insights into principles of practical fruit production (pre- and post-harvest), viticulture (incl. some hints on wine making), berry production and vegetable production in Switzerland.
ObjectiveInsights into fruit production (world and Switzerland), particularly ...
- Main production areas (international & national)
- Relevance (international & national)
- Key aspects of production (Switzerland), i.e. selected aspects referring to varieties, production techniques incl. physiology and plant protection, economics
- Key challenges (Switzerland)
- Selected, interesting research and development projects
ContentThe relevance of horticulture at the international level will be treated in the first block.
During the semester in autumn (Horticultural Crops I), post harvest aspects in fruit production are discussed in 2 blocks of 4h. Following on this, viticulture (incl. some aspects of wine making) will be looked at in 3 blocks of 4h. During the spring semester (Horticultural Crops II), 3 blocks of 4h deal with vegetable production, and 2 blocks of 4h are addressing berry production.
Lecture notesDelivered during the lectures by the different teachers, ELBA upload.
LiteratureNot needed, maybe specific literature is specified by the different teachers.
Prerequisites / NoticeLanguage and script: German or French, maybe selected parts in English.
Animal Sciences
751-6101-00LAnatomy and Physiology of Man and Animals IO2 credits2VM. C. Härdi-Landerer, S. E. Ulbrich
AbstractImparts a basic understanding of physiology an anatomy in man and domestic animals, focusing on the interrelations between morphology and function of the organism, in particular of domestic animals. This is fostered by discussing all subjects from a functional point of view. The lecture consists of two consecutive parts.
751-7501-00LAnimal Housing and BehaviourO1 credit1VE. Mandel, R. Mandel
AbstractThe overall goal of this course is to provide general knowledge about the behaviour, housing and welfare of domestic animals.
ObjectiveStudents will:

- Understand the basis of animal behaviour and how it is measured
- Acquire knowledge of housing systems and management of domestic animals
- Get a concept of animal needs and welfare
ContentMain topics:

VERHALTEN (behaviour)
• Bases of animal behaviour: underlying mechanisms, development, function and evolution
• Overview of the natural behaviour of the main livestock species (Nutztiere), in order to understand their needs
• Knowledge of behavioural assessment

• Bases of animal housing: knowledge of the different exististing housing systems
• Knowledge of end-of-life processes: slaughter

VERHALTEN – TIERHALTUNG (link behaviour and housing)
• Importance of adapting the housing to animal needs
• Common problems linked to housing
• Concept of animal welfare

Assessment: 2 written reports during the semester
Lecture notesHandouts/scripts are distributed by the the lecturers.
LiteratureSpecific literature is indicated by the lecturers.
Prerequisites / NoticeThis lecture is part of the Agricultural Sciences Bachelor (3rd Semester)

It will be in English and German (depending on the lecturers).
751-7101-00LApplied Animal NutritionW+2 credits2GS. Müller, G. Bee, M. A. Boessinger, F. Leiber, F. Sutter
AbstractThe basics of planning of feeding and formulation of diets incl. the implications on nutrient cycles and balances are teached. In the part dealing with ruminants, forage-based diets and the application of feed formulation programs are central and exercised on-farm. With pigs and poultry, the basics of energy and nutrient requirements are deepened through practical examples.
ObjectiveThe students are able, based on the knowledge they obtain in this course, to deal with problems in the nutrition of ruminants, pigs and poultry on farm.
Content- Programmteil Wiederkäuer: Einführung in die Winterfütterungsplanung für Milchkühe, Betriebsbesuch (Erfassung aller notwendigen Daten inkl. Futterprobenentnahme für eine konkrete Planung auf einem Praxisbetrieb), Besonderheiten der Milchviehfütterung (Laktationsverlauf, Jahreszeit, etc.); Einführung in den LBL-Fütterungsplan, Möglichkeiten der Futterbeurteilung und - bewertung mit praktischer Beurteilung der gesammelten Proben, Berechnungen und Besprechung Fütterungsplan, Aufstellung der Mineralstoffbilanz, Vorführung von PC-Software zur Fütterungsplanung Vorstellen und diskutieren des Fütterungsplanes auf dem Praxisbetrieb durch die Gruppe.

- Programmteil Nicht-Wiederkäuer: Der Energie- und spezifische Nährstoffbedarf beim Schwein und Geflügel; Besonderheiten der Fütterung in den verschiedenen Produktionsphasen; Fütterungsempfehlungen und – hinweise. Rationengestaltung und Rezeptoptimierung für Mischfuttermittel anhand verschiedener Beispiele; Einsatzgrenzen von Futtermittel; technologische Futterbearbeitung.
Lecture notesHandouts in German language will be provided by each lecturer when starting his part of the lecture.
LiteratureDie Dozierenden geben in der Lehrveranstaltung die relevante Literatur bekannt.
Prerequisites / NoticeBlockkurs in Halbtagesform; eingeschlossen sind Betriebsbesuche. Fach mit benoteter Semesterleistung.
751-7103-00LAnimal Feed and Feeding of RuminantW+2 credits2VM. A. Boessinger
AbstractThe knowledge of the nutrition of ruminants and of the feeds used is deepened. Particular emphasis is put on the vairety of home-grown feeds, their production and conservation and their application in the nutrition of dairy cows, cattle and small ruminants. Finally, information on specific problems of animal nutrition is communicated.
ObjectivePurchase of basic skills in agricultural livestock nutrition.
ContentSummer and winter feeding of dairy cows - formulation of rations - fattening - rearing feeding - vitamin & mineral supplementation - feeding of calfs, sheep, goats - farm produced feed - green forage - roughage - dried roughage - silage - silage systems - root crops.
Lecture notesScript is available in German language and will be provided by each lecturer when starting his part the lecture.
LiteratureEine Literaturliste ist im Skript enthalten.
Prerequisites / NoticeFach mit benoteter Semesterendprüfung
751-6121-00LRegulatory Physiology Information W+2 credits2VS. E. Ulbrich, M. C. Härdi-Landerer, S. Thanner
AbstractHormone und Zytokine spielen als Signalmediatoren eine besondere Rolle bei der Regulation der Homöostase von Körperfunktionen (Flüssigkeits-, Temperatur-, Energie-Homöostase, Immunität). Insbesondere im Zusammenhang mit pathologischen Konstellationen (Fieber, Stress, metabolische Imbalance, Schmerzen) wird diese komplexe Funktion verständlich. Vermittlung von Methoden zur Hormonanalytik.
ObjectiveDie Studierende werden verstehen, wie physiologische Entgleisungen entstehen und diese die am häufigsten vorkommenden gesundheitlichen Probleme in der Tierhaltung verursachen (Kälberdurchfall, Milchfieber, Ketose, Stress, Schmerz). Auf Grund des erlernten Wissens über das Zusammenwirken von humoralen und neuronalen Regelkreisen können Sie die Wirksamkeit von Einflussfaktoren und möglichen Präventionsmassnahmen beurteilen. Neben dem Vorlesungsteil ergänzen unterschiedliche Lehrmitteln wie Praxispublikationen, Expertenchats und wissenschaftliche Texte die Studierenden im eigenständigen, problemorientierten Erlernen und Bearbeiten von konkreten Fragestellungen aus Problemkreisen der Tierhaltung.
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