Subjects

This Program has mandatory and optional courses. Students and their supervisors must select the ones to compose their study plans, which will be approved by the Program Coordinator and the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies.

Students must take a minimum of 16 (sixteen) credits over the period of 24 months. Out of these 16 (sixteen) credits, the courses Applied Statistics, Seminar, Research and English are mandatory for all students.

Among these courses, credits will be counted only for Applied Statistics.

Therefore, the Master’s Program in Agronomy (Plant Production) offers the following courses:

AGR 600 – Study on Soil-Mechanization-Plant Relations 5(3-2) I

AGR 605 – Soil Fertility 4 (2-2) II

AGR 610 – Physiology of Cultivated Plants I 4 (4-0) I

AGR 610 – Physiology of Cultivated Plants II 4 (4-0) I

AGR 613 – Physical and Chemical Methods of Analysis 4 (2-2) II

AGR 614 – Physiology and Post-Harvest Technology of Vegetables 4 (2-2) II.

AGR 620 – Integrated Pest Management 4 (4-0) II

AGR 624 – Diagnosis of Plant Diseases 4 (4-0) I

AGR 625 – Epidemiology and Management of Plant Diseases 3 (3-0) II

AGR 627 – Integrated Management of Weeds 4 (2-2) II

AGR 630 – Large Crop Production 4 (2-2) I

AGR 635 – Vegetable Production 4 (4-0) II

AGR 645 – Sprinkler and Drip Irrigation 4 (2-2) I

AGR 650 – Mechanization in Precision Agriculture 4 (2-2) I

AGR 652 –  Agrochemical Application Engineering 4 (2-2) II

AGR 670 – Plant Breeding 4(4-0) I

AGR 674 – Quantitative Genetics Applied to Plant Breeding 4 (4-0) I

AGR 680 – Applied Statistics I 4 (4-0) II

AGR 720 – Plant Resistance to Arthropods 4 (4-0) I

AGR 727 – Pesticide Impacts on Agricultural Ecosystems 4 (4-0) I

AGR 745 – Pasture Irrigation 4 (2-2) II

AGR 762 – Management of Plant Genetic Resources 4 (4-0) I

AGR 775 – Biometric Models Applied to Genetic Breeding 4(4-0) II

AGR 776 – Internship in Teaching I 1 (0-1) I and II

AGR 777 – Internship in Teaching II 2 (0-2) I and II

AGR 778 – Internship in Teaching III 3 (0-3) I and II

AGR 779 – Biochemical Interactions in Cultivated Plants 4 (4-0) II

AGR 790 – Special Topics I 1 (-) I and II

AGR 790 – Special Topics II2 (-) I and II

AGR 792 – Special Topics III 3 (-) I and II

AGR 796 – Special Issues III 3( – ) I and II

AGR 797 – Seminar 2 (2-0) I and II

AGR 799 – Research.

CONTENT OF THE COURSES

AGR 600            Study on Soil-Mechanization-Plant Relationship 5 (3-2) I
Soil as an organized natural body. Brazilian system of soil classification. Agricultural machines and implements used in soil preparation. Soil preparation systems. Evaluation of the effects of soil preparation equipment on the arable layer of the soil. Assessment of soil disaggregation promoted by soil preparation equipment. Assessment of soil preparation equipments. Conservative preparations. Soil compaction performed by soil preparation equipment. Soil compaction and densification. Study on soil compaction and sowing depth. Study on soil-mechanization-plant relations.

AGR 605            Soil Fertility 4 (2-2) II
Tropical Soil Chemistry. Fundamentals of Soil Fertility. Correction of soil acidity. Nutrient transportation in the soil. Nitrogen. Phosphor. Potassium. Sulfur. Micronutrients. Organic matter dynamics in soils. Microorganisms of interest to soil fertility and plant nutrition. Evaluation of soil fertility and fertilization recommendation.

AGR            610 Physiology of Cultivated Plants I 4 (4-0) I
Plant cell, meristems and coating. Plant anatomy and histology (primary and secondary growth). Energy and Thermodynamics. Water Relations I. Water Relations II. Mineral nutrition. Absorption of ions and transportation of photoassimilates. Factors affecting photosynthesis. Cellular respiration. Nitrogen metabolism. Physiology of stress.

AGR 611            Physiology of Cultivated Plants II 4 (4-0) II
Plant growth and development. Auxins. Gibberellins. Cytokinins. Ethylene. Abscisic acid. New Hormonal Classes: Brassinoesteroids and Salicylic Acid. New Hormonal Classes: Jasmine Acid, Strigolactones, and Other Regulatory Substances. Tropism. Photomorphogenesis. Photoperiodism. Seed physiology and fruiting. Use of plant regulators in agriculture.

AGR 613            Physical and chemical methods of analysis 4 (2-2) II
Units and sampling. Solution preparation and titulometry Acidity and pH – analysis and application methods in soils and food. Gravimetric methods of analysis. Determination of proteins. Determination of organic carbon. Sample preparation and analysis by spectroscopic methods. Densitometry and refractometry. Chromatography.

AGR 614            Vegetable Physiology and Post-Harvest Technology 4 (2-2) II.
Characteristics of plant tissue. Types of respiration and determinant factors. Theories of maturation and senescence. Refrigeration, transportation and storage of fruits and vegetables. Post-harvest quality of fruits and vegetables. Fruit and vegetable processing technology. Minimal processing of fruits and vegetables.

AGR 620            Integrated Pest Management 4 (4-0) II
IPM Principles. Integrated Management and Scientific Research. Main MIPs crops. IPM practice.

AGR 624            Diagnosis of Plant Diseases 4 (4-0) I and III
Introduction to diagnosis of plant diseases. Symptoms and signs of plant pathogenic agents. Diagnosis of diseases caused by fungi. Diagnosis of diseases caused by bacteria. Diagnosis of diseases caused by viruses. Diagnosis of diseases caused by plant nematodes. Seed Pathology. Diagnosis of diseases of abiotic origin. Diagnosis of diseases of important Cerrado crops. Presentation of Seminars on Diagnosis of Plant Diseases. Discussion on Scientific Articles.

AGR 627            Integrated Management of Weeds 4 (2-2) II
Biology of weeds: benefits and risks. Competition between weeds and crops. Integrated Weed Management. Herbicides: classification and mechanisms of action. Herbicide application technology. Resistance of weeds. Herbicide behavior in the environment. Remediation of areas  contaminated by herbicides.

AGR 630            Production of Large-scale Crops 4 (2-2) I
Plant characteristics and ecophysiology. Installation and operation of crops. Purposes of genetic breeding and cultivar selection. Correction of soil fertility. Integrated management of pests, diseases and weeds. No-till system on straw. Agriculture-livestock and agriculture-livestock-forest integration.

AGR 635            Production of Vegetables 4 (4-0) II
Production of vegetables of the Alliaceae family (garlic and onion). Production of vegetables of the Apiaceae family (carrot). Production of vegetables of the Solanaceae family (potato and tomato). Project elaboration.

AGR 645            Sprinkler and Drip Irrigation 4 (2-2) I
Irrigation in Brazil and in the world. Availability of Water Resources in the World and conflicts over water usage. Transfer processes and relations in the water-soil-plant-atmosphere system for the proper management and efficient water usage in the countryside. Sprinkler Irrigation. Drip Irrigation.

AGR 650            Mechanization in Precision Agriculture 4 (2-2) I
Introduction to the study on agricultural mechanization; History and importance of precision agriculture; Global satellite navigation systems; Geo-referenced sampling techniques; Geographic information systems and spatial data analysis; Elaboration and interpretation of variability maps; Remote sensing; Guidance and automation systems for agricultural machinery; Precision farming techniques used in agricultural operations; Methods for research and writing of scientific articles.

AGR 652             Agrochemical  Application Engineering 4 (2-2) II
Importance of pesticides. Characteristics of chemical formulations. Safety in the application of agrochemicals. Characteristics and selection of spray nozzles. Research and elaboration of scientific articles. Mathematical models related to the distribution of spray droplets. Study on droplet populations and spectra. Analysis of spray droplet images in the application of agrochemicals. Equipment for agrochemical application. Use of irrigation water for agrochemical application. Application of agrochemicals with precision.

AGR 670            Plant Breeding 4 (4-0) I
Evolution of cultivated species. Genetic variability and its conservation. Reproductive systems of cultivated plants. Concepts of quantitative genetics. Breeding targeting resistance to diseases, insects and adverse conditions. Biotechnology in plant breeding. Evaluation, registration, launch and production of seeds of improved varieties. Advanced study on genetic principles, objectives, techniques, special problems and their applications in plant breeding system.

AGR 674            Quantitative Genetics Applied to Plant Breeding 4 (4-0) I
Continuous variation. Genotypic and genetic values. Components of genotypic variance. Topics in  the estimation of variance components. Genotypic variances between and within family-structured populations. Genetic designs and estimation of genotypic variance components. Inheritability. Genotypic correlation. Selection.

AGR 680            Applied Statistics I 4 (4-0) II
Fundamental statistics. Significance tests. Contrasts. Elementary principles of experimentation. Variance analysis requirements. Procedures for multiple comparisons. Experimental designs. Factorial experiments. Analysis of groups of experiments. Experiments in subdivided plots and ranges. Linear regression models. Orthogonal polynomials.

AGR 720            Plant Resistance to Arthropods 3 (3-0) I
Principles of Plant Resistance. Evolution of interaction between insects and plants. Secondary metabolites. Interactions between insects and plants. How do insects outgrow plant defenses? Selection of host plant. Factors affecting the expression of resistance. Transgenics. Plant Resistance  and interaction with Integrated Pest Management.

AGR 727            Impacts of Pesticides on Agroecosystems 4 (4-0) I
History of pesticide use. Mechanisms of action and toxicology of pesticides. Properties of pesticides. Behavior and disposal of agrochemicals in the soil-water environment. Impacts of pesticides on non-target organisms. Pesticide detection techniques in soil, water and food. Decontamination techniques. Alternative methods of phytosanitary control. Genetically modified organisms x pesticide use.

AGR 745            Pasture Irrigation 4 (2-2) II
Irrigation effect on forage production. Main pasture watering systems. Aspects related to pasture management. Production potential in irrigated pastures. Investments and production costs in irrigated pastures. Fertirrigation and wastewater application in pasture watering systems. Sugarcane irrigation for animal feeding. Rational management of irrigation. Economic viability of pasture irrigation.

AGR 762            Management of Plant Genetic Resources 4 (4-0) I
Principles and concepts in conservation and use of genetic resources. Policy for Preservation, Conservation and Use of Genetic Resources. Effective population size applied to collection and conservation of genetic resources. Collection of plant germplasm. Genetic resource conservation techniques. Methodologies for obtaining nuclear collection. Plant germplasm regeneration strategies. Use of wild germplasm for cultivated species breeding. Conservation projects.

AGR 775            Biometric Models Applied to Genetic Breeding 4 (4-0) II
Elementary principles of genetics-statistics. Genotype x environment interaction. Analysis of stability and adaptability. Estimation of selection gains. Simultaneous selection of traits. Phenotypic, genotypic and environmental correlations. Track analysis. Dialectical analysis. Estimation of repeatability coefficients. Analysis of crosses between lineages and testers. Generation analysis or joint scale test. Genetic divergence. Computer resources for the processing and analysis of experimental data.

AGR 776            Internship in Education I 1 (0-1) I and II
This course aims to provide teaching experience to graduate students through planning, preparation and teaching of practical and theoretical classes for undergraduate students under the supervision and monitoring of the professors of the respective courses.

AGR 777            Internship in Teaching II 2 (0-2) I and II
This course aims to provide teaching experience to graduate students through planning, preparation and teaching of practical and theoretical classes for undergraduate students under the supervision and monitoring of the professors of the respective courses.

AGR 778            Internship in Teaching III 3 (0-3) I and II
This course aims to provide teaching experience to graduate students through planning, preparation and teaching of practical and theoretical classes for undergraduate students under the supervision and monitoring of the professors of the respective courses.

AGR 779            Biochemical Interactions in Cultivated Plants 4 (4-0) II
Plant metabolism. Plants under stress. Abiotic Stress. Biotic stress – Plant-Pathogen Interaction. Biotic stress – Plant-Insect Interaction.

AGR 790            Special Topics I 1 (-) I, II and III
Non regular course, either concentrated or not, taught by visiting professors or faculty from this very Institution. Variable content encompassing topics relevant for the overall student education but not approached in regular courses offered at the UFV.

AGR 791            Special Topics II 2 (-) I, II and III
Non regular course, either concentrated or not, taught by visiting professors or faculty from this very Institution. Variable content encompassing topics relevant for the overall student education but not approached in regular courses offered at the UFV.

AGR 792            Special Topics III 3 (-) I, II and III
Non regular course, either concentrated or not, taught by visiting professors or faculty from this very Institution. Variable content encompassing topics relevant for the overall student education but not approached in regular courses offered at the UFV.

AGR 796            Special Issues III 3 (-) I, II and III
Special topics not included in the most important courses offered. The program will be organized by the professor in charge.

AGR 797            Seminar 2 (2-0) I and II
Seminar Presentations by graduate students, which will be assessed by three professors of the Institute of Agrarian Sciences.

AGR 799            Research ( – ) I and II