Since plant production is one of the essential parts of primary agricultural production, it is of key importance for agriculture and the society as such. The focus of the Department of Plant Production is therefore on the technology of growing major and minor field corps and forage crops on arable land, the management of permanent grassland and the protection of plants against harmful agents (especially against infectious pathogens causing plant diseases and animal pets).
Our research zeroes in on three major areas, in which students may participate mainly in the context of their final theses:
The Department is housed in two modernized buildings (ZR and D) within the campus of the University of South Bohemia. Both buildings provide our students and staff with excellent spatial facilities, which feature state-of-the-art equipment and high-quality instruments used for research and education alike. In addition, the Department has at its disposal the experimental land of the Faculty of Agriculture and Technology, where we carried out a part of field experiments relating to research at the Department, experiments for the preparation of students’ final theses and also for the demonstration part of teaching. The experimental land is equipped with the basic necessary mechanization and meteorological station with automatic data collection of basic parameters.
Our Department provides students with comprehensive education in plant production, ranging from the Bachelor’s to Master’s and to doctoral studies. We are guarantors of the following programmes of study:
Overall, the objective of the studies that we provide is to prepare qualified specialists educated in plant production and plant protection for agricultural operations, purchasing and processing companies as well as state administration organizations. Students focus on gaining knowledge of field crops and their parts, evaluation of their parameters, both at the levels of individual plants and stamps. Students learn about the growth and development of field crops, their structure and harvest products. We also put great emphasis on interweaving theory with practice and our classes are therefore supplemented with lectures delivered by renowned external experts and educational trips to operating companies.
At our Department, students are encouraged to participate in research and professional activities and thus enrich their knowledge, skills and dexterity beyond the framework of their own studies. These activities include the participation in professional events organised by the Department and cooperation in research projects, which make it possible for students to improve their skills in diagnosing the condition of vegetation, including health condition, analyses of plant materials and in routine or specialized laboratory analyses.
Areas and questions that a prospective student should ask and answer with a “yes”:
During their studies at the Department of Plant Production, students undertake operational and professional practical training. The operational practical training is held in our Purpose-Built Facility at the University of South Bohemia, and the professional practical training is undertaken in selected agricultural companies, with the aim of introducing students to the operational environment and the organization and management of plant production in an agricultural company. Practical teaching assumes one of the most pivotal positions within the Department since it enables our graduates to hold more qualified positions after graduating.
After graduating from the Department of Plant Production, our students are qualified to:
The main focus of our Department is on applied research, interconnected with the application sphere. We are proud of our intensive cooperation with research institutions and universities in the Czech Republic and abroad. We also work on research projects awarded by the leading grant providers: Grant Agency of the Czech Republic (GAČR), Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TAČR), Ministry of Agriculture (National Agency for Agricultural Research - NAZV) and many more.
Our most important research areas include:
It is worth mentioning that students and academic staff are encouraged to pursue studies and work abroad. We cooperate for example with:
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