DEGREE DESCRIPTION

 

Name of degree

 

Masters in Plant Biology in Mediterranean Conditions

 

Entry requirements

 

The following will be taken into account:

Applicants must hold a degree in: Biology, Engineering, Agronomy, Horticultural Sciences, Technical Forestry Engineering, Forestry Engineering, Biochemistry, Environmental Science or any other degree related to the course.

The applicant’s academic and professional CV.

In the case of the doctorate it would be convenient if the applicant had already studied a strand of the present postgraduate course.

 

Academic and professional aims

 

General aims

 

1.      Gain basic knowledge of Plant Biology (Botanics, Eco-physiology) in Mediterranean conditions and its development in the face of environmental factors (climate and soil).

2.      Be aware of and assess applications and techniques related to agriculture, gardening, forestry exploitation and management of the environment in Mediterranean conditions.

3.      Gain knowledge, skills and revision in the use of advanced research technologies and practical applications in this field, as well as equipping students with the tools necessary for the solving of problems in a multidisciplinary environment.

 

Specific aims

 

1.      Distinguish key elements in the Mediterranean environment, including the flora and physical environment, highlighting the importance of biodiversity.

2.      Understand genetic, molecular and physiological mechanisms that condition plants’ dependence on water, and the potential applications of this knowledge in the management of irrigation waters.

3.      Update and put into practice knowledge of advanced instrumental techniques for the study and management of Mediterranean vegetation.

4.      Be aware of technological advances that allow improved plant production in Mediterranean conditions.

5.      Know how to manage natural resources by means of technologies that permit a sustainable development of the Mediterranean environment.

6.      Be aware of the latest technologies in the sustainable management of agricultural resources in semi-arid climates.

 

Continuing studies

 

Once they have successfully completed the masters course, students may apply to study the PhD course in Plant Biology.

 

Course structure

 

Strands

  1. Research and Development: Advances in Plant Biology
  2. Professionalisation:              Advances in Agronomy

                                                      Management of Vegetation in the Mediterranean

                                                                                                                      Countryside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advances in Plant Biology

 

Advances in Agronomy

Management of Vegetation in the Mediterranean Countryside

 

 

 

1. Plant biodiversity in the Mediterranean Environment: 17 ECTS credits

  • Formation of Species and Differentiation in Plants. 5c
  • Plant Biodiversity in Mediterranean Areas. 5c
  • Plant/Soil Relationships. 7c

 

X

 

 

 

X

2. Plant Production and Water Resources in Mediterranean Conditions: 25 ECTS credits

  • Plant Reactions under Water Stress. 5c
  • Irrigation and Efficiency in Water Usage. 5c
  • Water Dynamics in Plants and New Irrigation Technologies. 5c
  • Energy Dissipation Mechanisms in Plants. 5c
  • Respiration and Carbon Levels. 5c

 

 

 

X

 

 

3. Instrumental Techniques in Plant Biology: 17 ECTS credits

  • Eco-physiological Techniques. 7c
  • Molecular Markers in Plants. 5c
  • Data Analysis. 5c

 

 

X

 

 

4. Technology Applied to Plant Production: 25 ECTS credits

  • Plant Biotechnology. 10c
  • Technology of Plant Production. 10c
  • Secondary Metabolism Products in Mediterranean Plants. 5c

 

 

X

 

5. Management of Natural Resources: 37 ECTS credits

  • Management of Plant Resources. 10c
  • Plant Landscape. 10c
  • Plant Eco-physiology: Some Practical Cases. 7c
  • Plant Biogeography. 10c

 

 

 

X

6. Management of Agricultural Resources: 37 ECTS credits

·         Organic Agriculture. 10c

·         Primary Production in Cultivations, Thickets and Woods. 7c

·         Mediterranean Gardening. 10c

·         Viticulture and Oenology. 10c

 

 

X

 

 

Obligatory credits per strand

59

62

54

TOTAL credits offered: 158 + 15 credits from practical/placement

 

 

 

 

 

Master structure

 

Itinerary 1: Advances in Plant Biology

 

Name of subject

Credits

Tipo

Module

Sem.

Formation of Species and Differentiation in Plants

5 (3T + 2P)

Compulsory

1

2

Plant Biodiversity in Mediterranean Areas

5 (3T + 2P)

Compulsory

1

2

Plant/Soil Relationships

7 (3T + 4P)

Compulsory

1

2

Plant Reactions under Water Stress

5 (5T)

Compulsory

2

2

Water Dynamics in Plants and New Irrigation Technologies

5 (3T + 2P)

Compulsory

2

2

Irrigation and Efficiency in Water Usage

5 (4T + 1P)

Compulsory

2

2

Energy Dissipation Mechanisms in Plants

5 (3T + 2P)

Compulsory

2

2

Respiration and Carbon Levels

5 (3T + 2P)

Compulsory

2

2

Eco-physiological Techniques

7 (4T + 3P)

Compulsory

3

2

Molecular Markers in Plants

5 (3T + 2P)

Compulsory

3

2

Data Analysis

5 (3T + 2P)

Compulsory

3

2

Plant Biotechnology

10 (5T + 5P)

Optional

4

1

Technology of Plant Production

10 (7.5T + 2.5P)

Optional

4

2

Secondary Metabolism Products in Mediterranean Plants

5 (5T)

Optional

4

2

Management of Plant Resources

10 (6T + 4P)

Optional

5

1

Plant Landscape

10 (5T + 5P)

Optional

5

2

Plant Eco-physiology: Some Practical Cases

7 (2T + 5P)

Optional

5

2

Plant Biogeography

10 (6T + 4P)

Optional

5

2

Organic Agriculture

10 (7.5T + 2.5P)

Optional

6

1

Primary Production in Cultivations, Thickets and Woods

7 (4T + 3P)

Optional

6

2

Mediterranean Gardening

10 (7.5T + 2.5P)

Optional

6

2

Viticulture and Oenology

10 (5T + 5P)

Optional

6

2

Practicum

15P

Compulsory

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Itinerary 2: Advances in Agronomy

 

 

 

Name of subject

Credits

Tipo

Module

Sem

Formation of Species and Differentiation in Plants

5 (3T + 2P)

Optional

1

2

Plant Biodiversity in Mediterranean Areas

5 (3T + 2P)

Optional

1

2

Plant/Soil Relationships

7 (3T + 4P)

Optional

1

2

Plant Reactions under Hydric Stress

5 (5T)

Optional

2

2

Water Dynamics in Plants and New Irrigation Technologies

5 (3T + 2P)

Optional

2

2

Irrigation and Efficiency in Water Usage

5 (4T + 1P)

Optional

2

2

Energy Dissipation Mechanisms in Plants

5 (3T + 2P)

Optional

2

2

Respiration and Carbon Levels

5 (3T + 2P)

Optional

2

2

Eco-physiological Techniques

7 (4T + 3P)

Optional

3

2

Molecular Markers in Plants

5 (3T + 2P)

Optional

3

2

Data Analysis

5 (3T + 2P)

Optional

3

2

Plant Biotechnology

10 (5T + 5P)

Compulsory

4

1

Technology of Plant Production

10 (7.5T + 2.5P)

Compulsory

4

2

Secondary Metabolism Products in Mediterranean Plants

5 (5T)

Compulsory

4

2

Management of Plant Resources

10 (6T + 4P)

Optional

5

1

Plant Landscape

10 (5T + 5P)

Optional

5

2

Plant Eco-physiology: Some Practical Cases

7 (2T + 5P)

Optional

5

2

Plant Biogeography

10 (6T + 4P)

Optional

5

2

Organic Agriculture

10 (7.5T + 2.5P)

Compulsory

6

1

Primary Production in Cultivations, Thickets and Woods

7 (4T + 3P)

Compulsory

6

2

Mediterranean Gardening

10 (7.5T + 2.5P)

Compulsory

6

2

Viticulture and Oenology

10 (5T + 5P)

Compulsory

6

2

Practicum

15P

Compulsory

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Itinerary 3: Management of Vegetation in the Mediterranean Countryside

 

 

 

Name of subject

Credits

Tipo

Module

Sem.

Formation of Species and Differentiation in Plants

5 (3T + 2P)

Compulsory

1

2

Plant Biodiversity in Mediterranean Areas

5 (3T + 2P)

Compulsory

1

2

Plant/Soil Relationships

7 (3T + 4P)

Compulsory

1

2

Plant Reactions under Hydric Stress

5 (5T)

Optional

2

2

Water Dynamics in Plants and New Irrigation Technologies

5 (3T + 2P)

Optional

2

2

Irrigation and Efficiency in Water Usage

5 (4T + 1P)

Optional

2

2

Energy Dissipation Mechanisms in Plants

5 (3T + 2P)

Optional

2

2

Respiration and Carbon Levels

5 (3T + 2P)

Optional

2

2

Eco-physiological Techniques

7 (4T + 3P)

Optional

3

2

Molecular Markers in Plants

5 (3T + 2P)

Optional

3

2

Data Analysis

5 (3T + 2P)

Optional

3

2

Plant Biotechnology

10 (5T + 5P)

Optional

4

1

Technology of Plant Production

10 (7.5T + 2.5P)

Optional

4

2

Secondary Metabolism Products in Mediterranean Plants

5 (5T)

Optional

4

2

Management of Plant Resources

10 (6T + 4P)

Compulsory

5

1

Plant Landscape

10 (5T + 5P)

Compulsory

5

2

Plant Eco-physiology: Some Practical Cases

7 (2T + 5P)

Compulsory

5

2

Plant Biogeography

10 (6T + 4P)

Compulsory

5

2

Organic Agriculture

10 (7.5T + 2.5P)

Optional

6

1

Primary Production in Cultivations, Thickets and Woods

7 (4T + 3P)

Optional

6

2

Mediterranean Gardening

10 (7.5T + 2.5P)

Optional

6

2

Viticulture and Oenology

10 (5T + 5P)

Optional.

6

2

Practicum

15P

Compulsory

-

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Masters Lecturers

Name of subject

Lecturers

University

(2008-2009)

Formation of Species and Differentiation in Plants

Dr. Maurici Mus

UIB

Plant Biodiversity in Mediterranean Areas

Dr. Joan Rita

UIB

Plant/Soil Relationships

Dr. V. Ramón Vallejo, Dra. Carmen Bergareche, Dr. Joan Romanyà

UB

Plant Reactions under Hydric Stress

Dr. Jaume Flexas, Dr. Miquel Ribas-Carbó

UIB

Water Dynamics in Plants and New Irrigation Technologies

Dr. Robert Savé, Dr. Mariano J. Escalona

IRTA/UIB

Irrigation and Efficiency in Water Usage

Dr. Hipólito Medrano

UIB

Energy Dissipation Mechanisms in Plants

Dr. Sergi Munné

UB o UIB

Respiration and Carbon Levels

Dr. Miquel Ribas-Carbó

UIB

Eco-physiological Techniques

Dr. Jaume Flexas, Dr. Miquel Ribas-Carbó

UIB

Molecular Markers in Plants

Dr. Josep A. Rosselló

UIB

Data Analysis

Dr. Josep Cifre

UIB

Plant Biotechnology

Dr. Jeroni Galmés

UIB

Technology of Plant Production

Dr. Josep Cifre

UIB

Secondary Metabolism Products in Mediterranean Plants

Dr. Ángel García-Raso

UIB

Management of Plant Resources

Dr. Joan Rita, Dr. Maurici Mus

UIB

Plant Landscape

Dr. Llorens Gil

UIB

Plant Eco-physiology: Some Practical Cases

Dra. Isabel Fleck, Dr. V. Ramón Vallejo, Dr. Xavier Aranda

UB

Plant Biogeography

Dr. Lleonard Llorens, Dr. Llorens Gil

UIB

Organic Agriculture

Dr. Jaume Vadell

UIB

Primary Production in Cultivations, Thickets and Woods

Dr. Josep Ll. Araus, Dr. Carles Gràcia

UIB o UB

Mediterranean Gardening

Dr. Xavier Gulías

UIB

Viticulture and Oenology

Dr. Mariano J. Escalona

UIB

Practicum

Assigned tutor-lecturer

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final exam

 

No.

 

Assessment and examination criteria

 

The assessment criteria and methods of each subject will be made public in the relevant section of the specific information about each subject.

 

ECTS coordinating staff

 

Dr. Javier Gulías