||This course will provide an analysis of natural ecosystem sustainability relative to farms and food production. Nutrient cycling, energy flows, biodiversity and population control will be covered.
- Characterize basic principles of physics and chemistry.
- Describe basic components of an ecosystem and their relationship to abiotic classification and biological organizational hierarchy.
- Outline the major biogeochemical cycles present in the ecosphere.
- Examine the tenets of ecosystem sustainability.
- Analyze energy flows present in natural and farm ecosystems.
- Investigate matter cycling relevant to natural and farm ecosystems.
- Explain the significance of ecosystem biodiversity.
- Categorize the natural methods of population control employed in nature.
- Characterize the interactions among soil organisms.
- Explain the relationship between the biotic and abiotic aspects of the soil environment.
- Explore various farming systems and their relationships to the environment.
- Organize farming systems into species, populations, biological communities, and ecosystems.
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