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The Department of Crop Sciences (CS) was established as a core unit of the College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences.  The Department is concerned with the application of crop science to agriculture and the natural environment.

 The aims are to address the priority issues that create limits to the expansion of crop yields both qualitatively and quantitatively to ensure food security for the current and future generations. Our BSc program offers a wide range of topics that provide students with basic and applied crop science knowledge and problem-solving skills in agronomy, horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, biotechnology, and landscape design.  Our graduates are working in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Wealth, Royal Gardens and Farms, Oman Botanic Garden and within the private sector.  The Department also offers two MSc programs in Crop Production and Crop Protection to provide advanced training in these specializations. The Department also offers a Ph.D. program in Crop Science. 

The Department of Crop Sciences has an outstanding record of producing internationally recognized and award-winning publications in top journals.  The Department faculty members are all actively engaged in research and consultancy activities highly relevant to Oman; funding comes from the public sector (TRC, HM awards, SQU) as well as from private companies. 

Faculty members are also active in outreach, most especially in supporting the farming community with advice and other diagnostic services.  They also frequently present the results of their research at local workshops and similar events.

Our BSc program offers a wide range of topics that provide students with basic and applied crop science knowledge and problem solving skills in agronomy, horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, biotechnology and landscape design. Students in both specializations acquire hands-on experience through practical in laboratories, field work at the Agricultural Experiment Station, field trips, internships and special topic projects. The MSc and PhD degrees are for local and international students.

 

The department offers three programs as follow:

  • Bachelor of Science in Crop Sciences
  • Master of Science in Crop Production and Crop Protection
  • Doctorate in Crop Science'

 

The Department of Crop Sciences is one of the best performing departments in research at SQU. The Department has an outstanding record of publications in top journals.  The research programs of our Department are aimed at improving crop production in Oman through effective management of water, salinity, high temperatures, pests and diseases.

From molecular biology to farmer-participatory research, the focus of our research is on addressing the crop production constraints in the Sultanate of Oman. Our research covers from the DNA genetic analysis, domestication of new salinity-tolerant crops, preservation of local Omanis crop varieties, diagnosis of plant diseases and pests, development of disease resistant cultivars, promotion of natural pesticides to the mechanical pollination of date palms.

The Department of Crop Sciences was one of the founding departments of the College of Agriculture and Marine Sciences.  The Department was established in order to teach Omani students about the renewable natural resources in this country and to place knowledge of these resources in the context of world crop production. Students learn about the various crop systems in Oman as they relate to agronomic and horticultural crops. Students learn to identify the principal pests, diseases and weeds of economic importance in the Sultanate and they learn the techniques that can be applied in a sustainable program to manage these constraints to production. Emphasis is also placed in the abiotic constraints to increased production such as salinity and exposure is given to the special problems associated with dryland agriculture. Students become familiar with modern and emerging tools in plant breeding and biotechnology such as the analysis of DNA and the use of genetically modified crops.

 

Internship Specific Objectives

Depending on the host institution and the facilities available, the Department would like its students to perform some of the activities mentioned below:

  1. Become involved in field trials to evaluate crop varieties.
  2. To learn about field-based techniques in crop pest and disease management.
  3. To become familiar with aspects of crop production at commercial farming enterprises.
  4. Visit ongoing landscape and amenity horticulture development projects.
  5. To learn about the problems associated with crop production under salinity limiting conditions.
  6. To learn about the use of water, for crop production, generated as a by-product from the oil industry.
  7. Learn about the relationship between soil fertility and crop productivity.
  8.  Learn about the relationship between insect and disease levels and reductions in yield.
  9. Become familiar with commercial companies that supply the agricultural sector, including pesticide and fertilizer sales.
  10. Perform soil fertility studies.
  11. Perform plant propagation studies.
  12.  Any other activities that officials of the host organization think will be useful to the students in their future career.
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Department of CS

CS Internship Coordinator:

Phone: +968-24141215

Fax: +968-24413418

Head of the Department:

Dr. Rhonda Janke

 

Department of Crop Sciences
College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences
Sultan Qaboos University
PO Box 34, Al-khod 123
Sultanate of Oman
Phone: (+ 968) 2414 1214
Fax: (+ 968) 2441 3418
Email: rhonda@squ.edu.om

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