COURES CODE: SOS 519
COURSE TITLE: Soil Ecology and Biology
NUMBER OF UNITS: 2 Units
COURSE DURATION: Three hours per week
Course Coordinator: Dr. (Mrs) Oluwatoyin.A. Babalola B.Sc, M.Sc. PhD
Office Location: Room 241, COLPLANT
Soil microorganisms and macroorganisms. Microorganisms and soil enzymes. Microorganisms and plants. Root-nodule bacteria. Mycorrhizal relationships. Plant regulators and phytotoxins. Soil macrofauna. Agricultural systems and microorganisms; rhizoshere; root exudates and microorganisms; plant residue quality; organic farming; composting. Biological transformation; N, P and S. soil biotechnology: biofertilization by rhizobial and mycorrhizal fungal inoculation; genetically modified plants and microbes and their ecological effects. Biodegradation of pesticides.
Practical: culturing microorganisms; Root samples and preparation for mychorrizal studies; Root nodules; identification and analysis of N. microarthropods in soil and litter; extraction methods, classification and population dynamics. Earthworm; extraction methods, classification and population.