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

    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
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    CPD Awarding Body
    CPD Points
    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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