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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2022.

This course component will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2022. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the course component may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2022 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2022. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this specialisation

Increasing the sustainable production of plant food and fibre products over the next 50 years is one of the great global challenges facing the planet. This task is made more complex by climate change, which will place the use of existing plant production systems under question.

The plant production system encompasses the basic genetic and physiological regulations on plant growth, the impact on growth of the important abiotic and biotic variables (soil, water, nutrients, disease and pests) and the over-arching influence of management processes.

Achieving increased economically and environmentally sustainable plant productivity will be dependent on implementing innovations across all aspects of the production system while more efficiently using resources and reducing negative impacts on the environment.

Studying this specialisation will further your training in areas such as:

  • plant biology (physiology, biochemistry, plant molecular biology and breeding), 
  • soil science, 
  • plant protection (integrated insect, disease and weed management), 
  • sustainable crop management (agronomy), 
  • automation, and 
  • precision agriculture.

Graduate opportunities

As a graduate specialising in Plant Production, you will have the knowledge and technical skills to pursue a career in the agriculture sector, developing innovative farm practices and technologies that not only boost crop yields but also control pests and weeds and protect the environment.

You may also work directly with farmers and private industry to implement the latest methods and tools for growing crops profitably and sustainability.

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