Presentation of the most important crops with respect to: botany, morphology, origin,
climatic and ecological requirements, crop production, harvest procedure, significance in
local farming systems, utilisation as food, feed, raw materials and as bioenergy source.
Discussion of specific cropping systems in the tropics and subtropics and specific
management systems for the sustainable improvement of productivity.
Knowledge of botanical, ecological and agronomic facts of presented crops and
The students should be able to classify crops and cropping systems in relation to site
conditions and undertake system-orientated evaluation of sustainable production.
Crops and production systems in the tropics
Knowledge of botanical, ecological and agronomic facts of the presented crops and
cropping systems. Knowledge of the assignment of crops and cropping systems to
different site conditions, as well as system-oriented evaluation of sustainable production
at selected sites.
Rehm, S., Espig, G. 1991: The Cultivated Plants of the Tropics and Subtropics. Verlag
Josef Margraf. Weikersheim, Germany; lecture notes