Key facts

Course Dates
Short Course (Module) - Total of 7 Days - This module can be studied as a stand alone training course.
Entry Requirements
Graduate level or relevant experience within the crops industry
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
Course Provider
Rothamsted Research
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
Rothamsted Research
AFTP Cohort
CPD Awarding Body
CPD Points

Course overview

This course is aimed at individuals working to put agricultural research into practice i.e. Agronomists, Advisers, Technical Managers and Farmers. Course participants will benefit from a deeper understanding of the research process, a more thorough knowledge of current research in relevant areas and an ability to design and implement research experiments within their own organisations, as well as interpret research results.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate and communicate the principles of scientific research to investigate and analyse practical agricultural problems, including the use of statistics and presentation skills.
  • Acquire & articulate specialist taxonomic expertise to identify pests, weeds, and diseases in agricultural situations and demonstrate an understanding of their lifecycles and the agricultural importance of these
  • Compare the molecular mechanisms of, and critically evaluate the agricultural importance of, pesticide resistance in agriculturally important pests, weeds, and diseases.
  • Critically assess crop protection issues through the formulation of a hypothesis and independent research.
Additional Course Information

Topics covered will include:

  • General scientific principles of agricultural research
  • Weed Science
  • Plant pathology
  • Entomology
  • Genetics and plant breeding
  • Soils and bioenergy
    My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
    Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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