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DEPARTMENT OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY AND CROP PRODUCTION

    Preamble

In a recent reorganization within the College of Plant Science and Crop Production, the Department of Plant Physiology and Crop Production and the Department of Crop Protection were created from the former Departments Crop Production and Crop Protection and that of Crop Physiology and Crop Ecology. The postgraduate programme in the Department provides advanced training in courses that are relevant to understanding the farming systems as well as those physiological processes that determine crop yield performance in a defined environment. Hence the available areas of specialization are Crop Physiology and Crop Production and Weed Science.

 

10.4.2    Philosophy

 The research philosophy aims at improving the efficiency of utilization of growth resources for optimum production and use of appropriate cultural practices to stabilize and sustain yields within the cropping system. The programme  provides advance training in courses that are relevant to understanding the farming systems as well as those physiological processes that determine crop yield performance in a defined environment

 

10.4.3    Objectives of the Programme

The objective of the programme is to prepare students in  professional areas such as Crop Production and Weed Management and provide advanced training for agricultural and industrial extension services. This will be achieved through:

Advanced Training of students in theories, practice and research in the modern application of Crop Physiology for enhanced productivity through the deployment of improved production practices as well as the management and manipulation of the crop environment including weed control.

 Inculcating in our graduates an entrepreneurial culture, communication skill, computer literacy, problem solving behavior. Lifelong learning and subject matter intellect to ensure employment opportunities

 

10.4.4    Postgraduate Programmes

(A)          Postgraduate Diploma in Crop Protection

STRUCTURE

The programme shall comprise course work, field trips, projects and seminar presentations, as specified below:


Course Title                                                                        Units

Courses                                                                                                16

Field Report                                                                       3

Project                                                                                 3

Seminar I & II                                                                     2 – Predata 1 unit -- Postdata 1 unit

 

 

(B)          Masters in Agriculture ( M. AGRIC)

The M. Agric programme in the Department presently focuses on the following areas of specialization;

 

 i. Crop Physiology,

ii. Crop Production

 iii Weed Science

 

(C)          Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D)

Ph.D. Programme in  Crop Physiology, Crop Production and Weed Science

The award of Ph.D. degree shall be by research leading to quality thesis approved by the Senate of the University. However, there may be course work, which will vary depending on the background of the candidate in the relevant Crop Physiology, Crop Production and Weed Science courses that are taken at M. Agric Degree level and in some cases include courses in related basic sciences.

Areas of Specialisation at Ph.D. Level

Crop Physiology

Crop Production 

Weed Science

 

10.4.5    Departmental Postgraduate Committee

Membership

The membership shall consist of all staff with responsibilities in the departmental postgraduate programme i.e.:

(i)      Head of Department (Chairman)

(ii)    Departmental Postgraduate Coordinator

(iii)   All Postgraduate Lecturers and Supervisors

 

Functions

(i)      To co-ordinate Postgraduate programmes in the Department

(ii)    To collaborate with other disciplinary degree programmes

(iii)   To present candidates for admission, award of grants, scholarships and fellowships and the award of higher degrees to the College Postgraduate Committee.

(iv)  To recommend External Examiners to the College Postgraduate Committee.

 

10.4.6    General Admission Requirements

(A)          Postgraduate Diploma

Postgraduate diploma takes one full academic year for courses and project. Admission is open to candidate with minimum of first degree in Agriculture, Horticulture, Botany  and related fields from the Federal University of  Agriculture, Abeokuta (FFUNAAB) and any University recognized by the Senate. Holders of Higher National Diploma at Upper Credit Level in general Agriculture or Crop Science with three years field experience may be considered. Preference shall be given to  who are sponsored by their employers.

 

(B)          Masters Programme

M. Agric in Crop Physiology, Crop Production and Weed Science courses is open to;

Graduates of B. Agric programme of FFUNAAB and other Institutions recognized by Senate

Any other qualification adjudged to be equivalent to B. Agric. and related courses  by the Senate

 

(C)          Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D)  Programme

The candidate for Ph.D degree is required to meet the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta requirements for admission into postgraduate studies.  However, candidates should hold M.Agric. Degree Crop Physiology, Crop Production or Weed Science of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta or its equivalent from any other University recognized by the Senate. Holders of one year M.Sc. degree with average course score of 60 per cent and above may be considered on the condition that they shall register for M.Agric/PhD in the first instance.

 

 

10.4.7    Admission Requirements

Minimum requirement for admission into postgraduate programmes include:

Five credits minimum in relevant subjects, at most in two sitting including English Language, Mathematics and Chemistry. P7 in English Language may be considered if obtained before 2006 for graduates of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

B.Agric or B.Sc  in related courses with minimum of Second Class Lower (Hons). Cummulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) lower than 3.00 may not be considered for admission. Holders of Postgraduate Diploma in Crop Production Technology, from FFUNAAB in addition to the first degree may be considered for M.Agric programme provided the average grade point is not less than 60%. Candidates with HND must  obtain 70% in the PGD programme in order to be considered for M. Agric. Programme.

Direct admission into Ph.D. programme shall be for holders of M. Agric by research; otherwise, candidate will be admitted for M.Agric/Ph.D programme.

 

10.4.8    Duration of Programme

The duration of study for the Masters programme shall be a minimum of 4 semesters and maximum of 8 semesters for full time candidates; while part-time studies shall be for a minimum of 8 semesters and maximum of 12 semesters from the date of registration.

Registration for the Doctor of Philosophy degree programme shall be on full time  and part-time basis. For full time registration, minimum duration of the programme shall be six semesters and eight semesters for part-time registration. However If the Masters degree was obtained from FFUNAAB or its equivalent elsewhere, the minimumduration of study for a PhD shall be 4 and 6 semesters for full and part-time studies respectively. 

 For holders of one year degree of Master’s the minimum duration on the PhD programme shall be three years full time and 4 years part-time.

Every candidate shall renew his registration at the beginning of each academic session throughout the normal duration of the degree programme as specified above. However if a candidate does not complete the degree programme in a maximum of ten and twelve semesters for full time and part-time studies, respectively, he shall normally be expected to withdraw from the programme unless his case is favorably reviewed by Senate on recommendation from the relevant College through the Postgraduate School Board.

A student who fails to register for 2 consecutive academic sessions is deemed to have withdrawn from the programme.

 


10.4.9    Postgraduate Courses

 

Postgraduate Diploma

First Semester

Course Code

Title

Abbreviation

Unit

College Core Courses

PCP 701

Principle of Crop Production

PRINCRPP

4

Compulsory Core Departmental Courses

PCP 703

Fertilization in Sustainable Land Use System

FERTSLUS

3

PCP 707

Principles of Weed Management

PRINWEED

3

PCP 797

Seminar I

SEMINAR1

1

PCP 799

Project

PROJECT

3

 

Second Semester                                                                                                                                           

Course Code

Title

Abbreviation

Unit

College Core Courses

PBS 702

Design and Statistical Analysis of Experimets

DSTAEXPT

3

Compulsory Core Departmental Courses

PCP 702

Land Use Planning

DESKANEX

3

PCP 708

Crop Ecology

CROPECOL

3

PCP 710

Field report

FELDREPT

3

PCP 798

Seminar II

SEMINAII

1

                               

 

MASTERS PROGRAMME

First Semester

Course Code

Course title

Abbreviation

Unit

Compulsory College Courses

PBS 803

Biostatistics

BIOSSTAT

3

SOS 815

Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition

SOILFERT

3

CSC 801

Use of Computer in Research

USEOCOMP

4

 

Plant  Physiology Option

Course Code

Title

Abbreviation

Unit

Departmental Core Courses

PCP 801

Crop Ecology

CROPECOL

3

PCP 805

Plant Growth and Yield Analyses

PLGRYDAN

3

HRT 801

Postharvest Physiology and Produce Handling

POHAPHYS

3

PCP 899

Dissertation

DISSERTN

6

 

Crop Production Option

Course Code

Title

Abbreviation

Unit

Departmental Core Courses

PCP 801

Crop Ecology

CROPECOL

3

PCP 805

Plant Growth and Yield Analyses

PLGRYDAN

3

PCP 899

Dissertation

DISSERTN

6

 

Weed Science Option

Course Code

Title

Abbreviation

Unit

Departmental Core Courses

PCP 803

Weed Biology and Ecology

WEEDBIOL

3

PCP 805

Plant Growth and Yield Analyses

PLGRYDAN

3

PCP 807

Herbicides

HERBCIDE

3

PCP 899

Dissertation

DISSERTN

6

 

Second Semester

 

Plant  Physiology Option

Course Code

Title

Abbreviation

Unit

Departmental Core Courses

PCP 802

Plant Water Relations

PLWREMIN

03

PCP 804

Weed Control and Management

WEECMGT

03

PCP 898

Seminar I & II

SEMINAII

2

                                               

Crop Production Option

Course Code

Title

Abbreviation

Unit

Departmental Core Courses

PCP 802

Plant Water Relations

PLWREMIN

3

PCP 804

Weed Control and Management

WEECMGT

3

PCP 806

Cropping Systems

CROPSYST

3

AMW 802

Microclimatology

 

3

PCP 899

Seminar I & II

SEMINAII

2

 


Weed Science Option

Course Code

Title

Abbreviation

Unit

Departmental Core Courses

PCP 804

Weed Control and Management

WEECMGT

3

AMW 702

Microclimatology

 

3

PCP 898

Seminar I & II

 

3

 

Elective Courses

Not Less than 6 units from other options                                                                             

 

10.4.10  General Graduation Requirements

The final assessment shall be undertaken only when all courses and project requirements for the degree have been fulfilled and certified by the supervisors.

 

Masters of M. Agric. Programmes

a.            Course work

Candidates must have satisfactorily completed the stipulated course work and guided study as earlier approved.  A minimum of 30 units is required (excluding credit units for seminar and research).  Course work shall consist of compulsory College subjects, core departmental subjects as well as electives to be offered by students as advised by their supervisory committee.  The compulsory and elective courses to be offered by each student shall be dictated by the specialty of interest as well as the specific research area.

 

In addition to the foregoing, students may be required to offer relevant courses mounted by other departments in the University.

 

10.4.11  Course Synopsis

Postgraduate Diploma Courses

PCP 701 – Principles of Crop Production (3 Uniits)

Environmental factors of Crop Production.  Yield limiting factors and concepts related to their influence on crop growth.  Production systems stand diversity, plant distribution and crop yield.

 


PCP 702 – Land Use Planning (3 Uniits)

Farm surveying, equipment and uses.  Discussion to include general considerations in land use planning edaphic, climatic and economic considerations.  Soil erosion control.

 

PCP 703 – Fertilizers in Sustainable Land Use System (3 Uniits)

Conception of sustainable land use, introductory agroforestry fertilizer management, Economics of fertilizer use, fertilizer and economic develop.

 

PCP 707 – Principles of Weed Management (3 Uniits)

Types of weeds.  Weeds associated with cultivated crops and their control.  Weed control: cultural, biological and chemical weed management; Herbicides, types and mode of action.

 

PCP 707 – Crop Ecology (3 Uniits)

Ecosystems, ecological concepts; environment; ecological distribution of crops

 

PCP 710- Field Report (3 Uniits)

Report on establishment, management, processing and utilization of a selected field crop from cereals, legumes, and root, tuber and fibre crops.

 

Master Programme Courses

PCP 801 – Crop Ecology (3 Units)

Ecology and Agronomy of different crops.  Climatic, edaphic, biotic and geographical factors of the environment and their relationships to crop distribution and productivity.

 

AMW 702 – Microclimatology  (3 Units)

Study of the climate near the ground in relation to crop production. Radiation balance, beat balance, soil heat fluxion and soil temperature, sensible heat lux, surface and air temperatures.  Wind and turbulent transport.  Atmospheric humidity, transpiration, evaporation and evapotranspiration carbon dioxide balance and photosynthesis. Improvement of water use efficiency.  Modification of climate in crop production.

 

PCP 802 – Plant Water Relations and Mineral Nutrition (3 Units)

Properties and Biological Significance of Water:  Structure of water and aqueous solutions; water vapour and chemical thermodynamics; water distribution in plant parts; plant water balance and measurement of status in the plant.

Movement of Water in Soil and Plant:  Soil water content; retention, entry and movement within the soil; entry into plant and movement within; atmospheric absorption of water; transpiration dynamics and measurement in the plant.

Water Deficit and Crop Growth:  Development of internal water deficit; significance of water deficit in protoplasmic flux, cell division, cell enlargement, nitrogen metabolism, photosynthensis and plant growth, salinity and plant growth.  Crop growth in relation to water supply.  Crop phenology and cropping operations and water supply, pests and disease epidemiology as controlled by water supply.

Mineral Nutrition of Plants:  Individual nutrient element needs of plants; plant growth and nutrient supply, nutrient uptake and nutrient sources.  Nutrient balance and crop performance.

Plant Nutrition Studies:  Techniques in nutrition studies.  Laboratory, glass house and field observations.  Visual sumptoms of nutrient deficiencies.  Field diagnosis of nutrient deficiency.

Nutrient Deficiency Manifestation in Crops:  Occurrence of nutrient deficiency; soil fertility and nutrient deficiency manifestation.  Methods of ascertaining nutrient deficiency; alleviation of deficiency and crop production protocols for management of nutrient deficiency.  Sustainable crop production and nutrient applications.

 

PBS 803 – Advanced Biostatistics (3 Units)

Experimental design.  Sampling techniques, pilot experiments.  Factorial experiments, Split-plot design, unequal and sub-class numbers.  Multiple and partial regression and correlation.  Analysis of covariance; non-linear regression.  Binomial and Poisson distributions.  Non-parametric statistics.

 

PCP 803 – Weed Biology and Ecology (3 Units)

The physico-chemical and biotic factors affecting plants in nature, plant communities, ecological methods.  Principles, of weed ecology and physiology.  Distribution and competitiveness of major weeds.  Weed taxonomy and identification.  Description of major terrestrial and aquatic weeds prevalent in Nigeria.  Prerequisite in general plant ecology course.

 

PCP 704 – Weed Control and Management (3 Units)

Importance of weeds in the ecosystems.  Principles and practices of weed management in field, horticultural and plantation crops; waterways and wastelands.  Influence of climatic, edaphic and biotic factors on the effectiveness of different weed management strategies.  Socio-economic considerations in weed management of problem weeds.

 

PCP 805 - Plant growth and Yield Analysis (3 Units)

Kinetics of growth rate.  Theories: components of growth rate; determination of primary values; data analysis, and transformation.  Use and abuse of growth analysis.  Environmental regulation of the components of yield. Measurement of growth resources, dry matter production and its distribution into various sinks.  Role of plant characters in development of growth and yield.  Regulations of growth and yield.  Climatic factors affecting growth and yield of field crops.

 

PCP 806 – Cropping Systems (3 Units)

Physiological origins of crop yield.  Management practices employed in crop production.  Farming systems – traditional and modern concepts.  Fertiliser management in cropping systems.  Agroforestry.  Research methods in cropping systems. Role of environmental factors in management practices involving crop production.  Farming systems – traditional and modern farms.  Fertiliser management in cropping systems.  Enhancement and measurement of productivity, sustainability, stability and equitability of cropping systems.  Research methods in cropping systems.  Application of systems analysis and simulation for decision making in cropping systems.

 

PCP 807 – Herbicides  (3 Units)

Herbicides : history and development, classification, characteristics, chemistry and mode of action.  Basis for selectivity.  Toxicological effects of herbicides.  Herbicides residues and their persistence.  Environmental consequences of herbicidal use.  Methods of estimating herbicide residues.

 

HRT 801 – Post Harvest Physiology of Crops (3 Units)

Harvest indices.  Concept of ripening changes during maturation, repening and senescence.  Pre and post harvest factors affecting crop quality.  Regulation of ripening and senescence.

 

PCP 897- Pre-data seminar 1 unit

PCP 898- Post-data seminar 1 unit

PCP 899 – Dissertation Project (6 Units)

An assessment of the student performance in the execution of the research project report.

Seminar

Each PG student is to present 2 seminars viz: a Pre-data (Seminar 1) and a Post-data (Seminar 2) presentation.

 

 

 Research study and Thesis Presentation

Candidates must have satisfactorily completed the approved guided study to be eligible for the oral open defense.

Open Thesis Defence

Each PG student shall openly defend his/her research thesis before a panel of appropriately constituted examiners.

 

Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Course Work

Candidates admitted into the Ph.D  programme may have to audit some relevant courses offered at Master’s level at the discretion of the supervisor.

Seminar

Each PG student is to present 2 seminars viz: a Pre-data (Seminar 1) and a Post-data (Seminar 2) presentation.

Research study and Thesis Presentation

Candidates must have satisfactorily completed the approved guided study to be eligible for the oral open defense.

Open Thesis Defence

Each PG student shall openly defend his/her research thesis before a panel of appropriately constituted examiners.

 

10.4.12  Post Graduate Research Benchmark

Masters Programme

Minimum duration of bench/field work should be 6 months

Research study should have a minimum of 2 clear objectives.

Research work should include a field and laboratory component or two  field- experiment  or two-location experiments

Research work must have the potentials of generating at least one journal publication.

 

Doctorate Programme

Minimum duration of bench/field work  should be 12 months

Research should have a minimum of 3 clear objectives

Research work should include two years field experiment with or without  laboratory component.

Research must have the potentials of generating at least two journal publications.

 

10.4.13  Postgraduate Lecturers

 

NAME

                                               

RANK

QUALIFICATIONS

SPECIALIZATION

 

Dr. M.O. Atayese

Reader and Ag. HOD

B.Sc. (Lagos), M.Sc.,

Ph.D (Ibadan)

Plant Physiology

 

Prof. S.T.O. Lagoke

Professor

B.Sc. (ABU), Ph.D (Ibadan)

Weed Science

Prof. K. A. Okeleye

Professor

BSc(Ibadan),MSc.,Ph.D(Ife)

Agronomy/Plant Physiology

Pror. P.O. Adetiloye

Professor

B.Sc., Ph.D. (UNN)

Cropping Systems Agronomy

Dr. K. A. Elemo

Professor

BSc.(Ibadan)MSc.,

Ph.D(Los Bano, Philippines)

 

Agronomy/Cropping Systems

Dr. J. A. Adigun

Professor

B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(ABU)

Weed Science

Dr. V.I.O. Olowe

 

Professor

M.Sc.(Krasnodar), Ph.D. (Ife)

Agronomy

Dr. A. A. Oyekanmi

Senior Lecturer

M.Sc. (Tashkent),

Ph.D (Krasnodar)

Agronomy/Crop Physiology

Dr. S. O. Adigbo

Senior Research Fellow

B. Agric, M. Agric.,

P.hD (Abeokuta)

Agronomy/Crop Production

Dr. O. R. Adeyemi

Senior Lecturer

B. Sc. Agric, M.Sc Agronomy (Ibadan),

Ph. D  (Akure)

Agronomy/ Weed Science

Dr. P. O. Akintokun,

Senior Lecturer

B. Sc, M. Sc (Ibadan), Ph. D (Abeokuta)

Agronomy/ Crop Production

Dr. A. O. Olaiya

Lecturer I

B. Tech.Crop Production (Akure), M. Sc, Ph. D (Ibadan)

Crop Production/ Crop Physiology

Dr. T. O. Fabunmi

Lecturer I

B. Agric.Tech. (Bauchi) M.Sc(Ibadan),

Ph.D ( Abeokuta)

Agronomy/Crop Production

Dr. O. I. Lawal

Lecturer I

B. Sc, M. Sc. Ph.D (Ibadan)

Agronomy/plant nutrition

Dr. O. S. Sakariyawo

Lecturer I

B. Sc. M.Sc.(Krasnodar), Ph. D. (Moscow)

Agronomy/Ecophysiology

Dr. ( Mrs) P.M. Olorunmaiye

Lecturer I

B. Sc. M. Sc. (Ibadan), Ph. D (Ilorin)

Agronomy/Weed Science

Dr.(Mrs) Joy N. Odedina

Lecturer I

B.Sc.(RSTU), M.Sc. (Akure), Ph. D (Akure)

Agronomy/Crop Nutrition

Dr. S. G.Aderibigbe

Lecturer I

B. Sc., M.Sc. (ABU), Ph. D ( Abeokuta)

Crop Production

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