Master of Science in Agroecology and Plant Health

General

Program Description

Program Objectives

Graduates of the Agroecology and Plant Health teaching program acquire the knowledge required for dealing with agricultural and environmental issues using a multi-disciplinary approach based on ecological principles. Both research and teaching center on studying the interactions between the biotic and abiotic factors in agricultural systems, and on environmental aspects of modern agriculture.

Areas of teaching include:

  • General biological studies
  • The dynamics of plant diseases in agroecological systems
  • Pests and beneficial insects in agroecological systems
  • The interactions between agroecological systems and natural systems
  • Beneficial soil organisms
  • Dealing with pests from an environmental perspective
  • Organic agriculture
  • Inter-plant interactions in agricultural systems

Replanting small plants

Teachers

The program brings together teachers specializing in various areas, ranging from environmental microbiology, biotechnology and genetic engineering, ecology, insect physiology, and behavior, to epidemiology of plant disease and controlling them using environmentally friendly means. The teachers are united by their interest in organisms that are beneficial or harmful to mankind, to their enterprises, or to its environment. The teachers focus on five different levels – the molecular and cellular levels, the organism as a whole, research of populations, and the interactions between different organisms. This wide-angled approach is also reflected in the curriculum.

The master's program places an emphasis on deepening the specialization in the areas of entomology, microbiology, phytopathology (plant diseases), nematology, and virology, as well as studying and developing novel approaches to plant and environment protection. Naturally, this academic stage includes basic research in the department teachers' areas of research.

If you are interested in studying and understanding complex natural and agricultural systems that are host to interactions among various organisms, you belong with us!

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is consistently ranked as the top university in Israel and among the top 100, worldwide. In addition, The University was ranked the top Israeli university and 201-20 ... Read More

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is consistently ranked as the top university in Israel and among the top 100, worldwide. In addition, The University was ranked the top Israeli university and 201-205 best out of the top 800 institutions in the 2016-17 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, published by the British magazine Times Higher Education. HUJI was the only Israeli university to place in the world’s top 200 universities in the rankings. Read less