This program will allow candidates to acquire knowledge and skills for dryland (rainfed) agricultural systems. Candidates will study farming systems in southern Australia, focussing on south-western Australia; these systems have relevance to Mediterranean environments around the world, and to areas where agricultural production is determined by rainfall during the cooler part of the year. The program will cover science and technology for crop, pasture and livestock production (including the roles of genetics and management in achieving optimum production against environmental constraints), and their integration into viable farming systems. Special emphasis is placed on emerging technologies for precise management of crops and livestock, and the role of these technologies in ensuring sustainable and environmentally sound production systems into the future. A research project in an area relevant to dryland systems is an important component of the program.
This course is Exit Award only within the Master of Science (Science).