Alternative Crops

Duration Time 13 weeks
Certificate no
Lessons 0
Course features
Elective Course
Credits : 5
CS Department
Lecture Hours : 3
Lab Hours : 2
Autumn Semester
Course Content

1 General criteria for selecting alternative / innovative crops Criteria for soil, climate, equipment and propagating material. Climate change & new crops. Production techniques. Ways to introduce an innovative crop.

2 Α. Aromatic / Medicinal Plants (AMP) Introduction (historical background, situation at the global level, situation in Greece) Classification, Terminology, Uses – New investment opportunities of the main ones AMP

3 The Role of Essential Oils in Industry and Agriculture – Groups of Plant Chemical Compounds

4 Adaptability – Design and Installation – Propagating material – Cultivation techniques – Harvesting / Processing – Storage AMP adapted to liquid environments (Basil, mint, lavender)

5 AMP adapted to dry thermal environments (oregano, clover, thyme, dittany, marjoram, sage, rosemary) AFF adapted to dry thermal environments (oregano, clump, thyme, dittany, marjoram, sage), tree. AMP special requirements (mountain tea, yolk) AMP (chamomile, honeysuckle, St. John’s wort, fennel, hops)

6 Other innovative Medicinal plants (hemp, nigella, etc.).

7 Β. Industrial Plants (Confectionery / Olive Plants) Introduction. Perspectives Agronomic characteristics. Biology. Adaptability. Cultivation practices.

8 Stevia. Sunflower,.Rapeseed crop for Castor oil, Black mustard.

9 Sesame seeds. Peanut. Soybean. Camelina, fenumgreek

10 C. Other innovative crops (characteristics and selection criteria)

11 Innovative crops for human nutrition quinoa, chia, sweet potatoes etc for human nutrition

12 Innovative crops for animal feed (tef, amaranthus, etc.)

13 Innovative crops for industrial use (Hemp, flax, nettle for fiber, crops for natural rubber production, etc..

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