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Improving Food Production with Agricultural Technology and Plant Biotechnology

Build your knowledge of food production challenges and technology with this online course for 16-19 year olds studying biology.

Improving Food Production with Agricultural Technology and Plant Biotechnology
  • Duration3 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
  • LearnFree
  • Extra BenefitsFrom $69Find out more

Learn how to address challenges in growing, harvesting, and processing food

Are you inspired to join the next generation of scientists and tackle challenges in food security? On this course, you will get access to innovative research solutions that address some of the biggest issues in food, agriculture, and plant biotechnology.

You will become more familiar with the journey plants take, from crops in the field to food on your plate. You will explore the importance of scientific research in food security and discover the new technologies that are transforming agriculture.

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  • Week 1

    From 2 Mar 2020

    Plant Biotechnology

    • Introduction

      Find out more about what you'll be learning over the next three weeks.

    • What is plant biotechnology?

      Learn about the different methods of plant biotechnology and how they can help with pathogen control.

    • Alternatives to plant biotechnology

      Discover alternative ways to protect crops from pests and diseases, such as biological control.

    • What future solutions could plant biotechnology offer us?

      Explore innovative research in plant biotechnology and suggest your own ideas for future solutions.

    • Week 1 summary

      Test your knowledge and summarise what you've learnt this week.

  • Week 2

    From 9 Mar 2020

    Agricultural Technology

    • Introduction

      Find out what you'll be learning about agricultural technology this week.

    • What is agricultural technology?

      Discover the history of agricultural and see examples of machines being used today.

    • Agricultural technology today

      Learn about the challenges today's farmers face and how technology is helping them.

    • What future solutions could agricultural technology offer us?

      Discover leading research in agricultural technology, such as field robots, and how new ideas become reality.

    • Week 2 summary

      Test your knowledge and summarise what you've learnt this week.

  • Week 3

    From 16 Mar 2020

    Applied Food Science

    • Introduction

      Find out what you'll be learning in the final week of the course.

    • Harvesting

      Learn what happens to crops after the harvest and what challenges food processors face.

    • What is food science?

      Learn how food science is helping us to turn food industry by-products into useful new products, reducing food waste.

    • What future solutions could food science offer us?

      Discover innovative research in food science, and how new ideas are turned into real products.

    • Week 3 summary

      Test your knowledge and summarise what you've learnt this week.

    • Wrapping up

      What have you learnt over the past 3 weeks, and what are you going to do next?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify the challenges involved in growing, harvesting and processing plant-based food
  • Explore the role of scientific research in addressing challenges in food security
  • Debate the opportunities and limitations of new technologies
  • Reflect on consumer trust in the science and technology involved in bringing food from the field to the supermarket

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for 16-19 year olds studying biology related STEM subjects at A level or undergraduate level. It will also appeal to adults interested in the technology behind food production.

Who will you learn with?

Cristobal Uauy

Cristobal Uauy

I am Group Leader at the John Innes Centre (UK). My lab uses genetics and genomics to improve yield and quality components in wheat.

Thomas Engel

Thomas Engel

I am Manager Technology Innovation Strategy at the John Deere European Technology Innovation Center in Germany. My research focus is on precision agriculture and sustainable food production

Luis Vázquez

Luis Vázquez

I am Associate Professor in Food Science and Technology at UAM (Spain). I develop my research activity at CIAL Institute in Biocatalysis, Green Processes, Bioactive Lipids, Food Chemistry, etc.

Who developed the course?

EIT Food

EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, with the aim to create a sustainable and future-proof food sector.

University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge contributes to society through the pursuit of excellent education, learning, and research.

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

This activity has received funding from EIT Food, the innovation community on Food of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the EU, under the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.


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