Course provided by Future Learn

Study type: Online

Starts: Anytime

Price: Free

Overview

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.

What topics will you cover?

Week One: Plant biotechnology

o Solutions to food production challenges (pathology, pests, environmental stress, climate change) e.g. genetics

o Alternatives to plant biotechnology e.g. biological control

Week Two: Agricultural technology

o Challenges in the field e.g. soil structure, climate, yield, disease

o A history of agricultural technology and today’s new technologies e.g. cutting-edge precision agriculture

Week Three: Food science

o Solutions for altering plant-based foods to create supermarket food products

o Examples of post-harvest food processing, e.g. creating pectins and sweeteners out of fruit by-products

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

  • Available now

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 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.