COURSE CODE: SOS 511
COURSE TITLE: Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
NUMBER OF UNITS: 2 Units
COURSE DURATION: Two hours per week
Course Coordinator: Dr. Florence Alaba Olowokere B.Agric, M.Sc. PhD
Office Location: Room 157, COLPLANT
General concept of soil fertility. History of Plant Nutrition. Fertility of tropical soils. Soil organic matter, its properties and maintainance, Liming and its soil-plant relationships. Factors affecting the ability of the soil to supply nutrients in available forms. Essential nutrients: source of supply, physiological roles, relative quantitative requirements, availability categories, forms and amounts in soil and plant. Fertilizer and fertilizer management, their manufacture, sources, application methods, rates and timing, handling and storage. Crop growth and responses to soil nutrients, nutrient absorption, maintainance and loss in soil fertility in extensive and intensive agriculture. Manures and organic wastes. Composition, general properties, use of manure, and management, use of sewage sludge and waste water.