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Bioactive Molecules in Agroecology, Short Course

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  • 12 days
    Duration
University rank #60 (ARWU) Aarhus, Denmark
Thousands of molecules influence the biological interactions in ecological systems. The overall objective of the Bioactive Molecules in Agroecology course offered by Aarhus University is that the students achieve understanding of the importance of bioactive molecules in agroecological interactions.  
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Overview

The Bioactive Molecules in Agroecology course offered by Aarhus University covers the bioactive compounds that play a role in the agroecological context – i.e. in the interaction between plants, animals, humans and the environment within agricultural systems. Theoretical lectures will give the fundament for practical lab-work on a) degradation, formation of metabolites and description of degradation kinetics b) effects of cattle’s intake of medicine on insects living on cattle manure c) use of plant root systems for uptake of pharmaceutical residues in the environment d) uptake and excretion in urine of bioactive compounds from rye bread e) toxicology testing in cell cultures f) effect of dietary phytochemicals on pesticide degradation in honeybees.  

On completion of the course the students have attained competence to:

  • Classify bioactive compounds of importance in agriculture on basis of their structure, physico-chemical properties and their origin.
  • Explain the degradation (aerobic and/or anaerobic) and sorption processes of small bioactive molecules in soil, water, atmosphere and conclude on the factors that influence these processes.
  • Analyse the content of bioactive molecules and their degradation products in soil with LC-MSMS analytical equipment and model the kinetics for the process
  • Evaluate the applicability of the newest practical methods used in bioactive molecules research: quantitative measurements of residues in the environment and body fluids, toxicological cell tests, uptake and transformation in plants and mammals, effect of natural compounds fed to bees on the bees’ capacity of transforming pesticides.
  • Explain the principles of Absorption, Distribution, Metabolism, Excretion (ADME) of bioactive molecules, including Phase 1 and Phase 2 metabolisation processes.
  • Report and discuss data from laboratory tests.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 days
    • Duration description

      27 July - 7 August

  • Credits
    5 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Degradation, formation of metabolites and description of degradation kinetics 
  • Effects of cattle’s intake of medicine on insects living on cattle manure 
  • Use of plant root systems for uptake of pharmaceutical residues in the environment 
  • Uptake and excretion in urine of bioactive compounds from rye bread 
  • Toxicology testing in cell cultures
  • Effect of dietary phytochemicals on pesticide degradation in honeybees.

Lecturers

  • Inge S. Fomsgaard
  • Per Kryger

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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    83

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    560

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General Requirements

Course Specific:

  • A relevant bachelor's degree within Science and Technology.

General:

  • Exchange students: nomination from your home university.
  • Freemovers: documentation for English Langauge proficiency.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1159 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1159 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 days.
  • EU/EEA

    137 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 137 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 days.
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Exchange students: No Fee 

Living costs for Aarhus

  • 6639 - 10060 DKK/month
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