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MINISTÉRIO DA EDUCAÇÃO E DO DESPORTO

UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE VIÇOSA
DEPARTAMENTO DE SOLOS
36571-000 - VIÇOSA-MG-BRASIL

Viçosa, February 8th, 2008

To Whom It May Concern:
This is to certify that Dalton Belchior Abdala successfully completed my course entitled
"SOL 771 – Evaluation of Soil Fertility" from August to December, 2007. The topical coverage
of the course was as follows:

Course objectives:
To study the methods and methodologies applied to research addressed to assess and to
correct some problems related to soil fertility.
Pre requisites:
Soil Chemistry
Soil Fertility
Statistical Methods and Experimental Designs
Class lecture:
Discussions on soil fertility
Elaboration o f a research project on soil fertility
Assignments and laboratory work
Reading of requested papers with topics related to soil fertility
To carry on a greenhouse experiment

4) How to deal with such informations 1. methods to evaluate soil fertility.9 D < 60 Lecture Classes Topics: 1) Soil Fertility: available nutrients.MINISTÉRIO DA EDUCAÇÃO E DO DESPORTO UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE VIÇOSA DEPARTAMENTO DE SOLO 36571-000 .9 C 60 – 73.1) Chemical analysis 1.2) Biological essays .1) Concepts on nutrient availability on the soil-plant relationship 1.VIÇOSA-MG-BRASIL Grading: % Quizzes 45 Elaboration of a research project 5 Assignments and laboratory work 10 Reading of the requested papers 10 Greenhouse experiment 15 Final exam 15 Score Grade A ≥ 88 B 74 – 87.5. reliability of recommendations.2) Concepts on Soil Fertility 1.5) Methods to evaluate soil fertility: 1. concepts on soil fertility.5. 1.3) Degree of reliability on the generalization of fertilization recommendations 1.

Liming . Quantity and Capacity factors.3) Chemical Analytical Methods 3.4.5) Micronutrients 3.3) Procedures commonly utilized in the determination of plant tissue nutrients 3.MINISTÉRIO DA EDUCAÇÃO E DO DESPORTO UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE VIÇOSA DEPARTAMENTO DE SOLOS 36571-000 .4) Models for plant tissue diagnosis 3.2) Sampling 3.2) Calibration of methods utilizing soil chemical analysis data 2.5) Common extractant solutions and their characteristics and limitations 2.1) Theory and concepts on soil chemical analysis 2.4.Nutrient content in the equilibrium solution 2.3.4) Concepts on available nutrients 2. Analysis process.Acidity correctives: Al3+ excess in soils and thereof problems 3) Foliar Diagnosis: Advantages and limitations.Percent Aluminum saturation and plant growth .7) Cation adsorption: .1) Mineralization via wet combustion 3.4.3.Relationships among available nutrient and the Intensity. Soil sampling.4) Macronutrients 3. Methods for interpreting plant tissue analysis data. Correlation and calibration methods.Base saturation .3.1) Correlation of methods utilizing soil chemical analysis data 2.4. Quantity and Capacity factors . 3. Quantity and Capacity factors of a nutrient in soils. 2.6) Nitrogen availability in soils 2.3. Plant tissue sampling.1) Critical levels .1) Discussion on advantages and limitations 3. Intensity.2) Mineralization via dry combustion 3.3) Perspectives on the utilization of soil chemical analysis data for the evaluation of soil fertility: .2) Soil sampling 2.VIÇOSA-MG-BRASIL 2) Soil Chemical Analysis: Theory and basic concepts.3) Intensity.3. Soil acidity correctives 2.

3) 3.2) Fertilization programs 5.4) Fertcalc .4.MINISTÉRIO DA EDUCAÇÃO E DO DESPORTO UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE VIÇOSA DEPARTAMENTO DE SOLOS 36571-000 .3) Field experiments 4.4.4.4) 3.2) Quadratic function 4. M-DRIS CND 4) Experimental Techniques on Biological Essays: 4.1.2) Microplot experiments 4.1) Limitations 5.3) Cubic root of quadratic function 4. discussions on the experiment setup and handling.3) Experimental matrix 4.4) Square root of quadratic function 4.4) 4.3.5) 3.2) Neubauer Method 4.5) 4.1) Greenhouse essays 4.6) Global nutrition Physiological equilibrium Kenworthy indexes DRIS.1) Advantages and limitations. 4.1) Mitscherlich’s equation 4.4.3.4.VIÇOSA-MG-BRASIL 3.6) Response curves 4.4.2) 3.4.4.4) Factorial designs 4.2) Plot size and placement on the field 4.7) Non-continuous models Surface response models Economical analysis of agronomic experiments 5) Fertilization Recommendation 5.4.1.5) Anderson’s equation 4.3) Recommendation tables and basic relationships (Cate & Vetori) 5.6) Hildreth’s equation 4.4.1) Advantages and limitations 4.1.4.3.3) Stanford and De Ment Method 4.4.3.

2) Preparation of chemical solutions for plant and soil analysis purposes 1.Al3+ .3) Titrimetry and complexometry 2) Research Project Proposal: A Greenhouse study 2.2) Soil material characterization: routine analysis .pH .H + Al .1) Atomic emission: K standard curve and analysis handling 3.6) Bibliography 3) Chemical Analyses utilizing Spectrophotometric Methods 3.K .MINISTÉRIO DA EDUCAÇÃO E DO DESPORTO UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE VIÇOSA DEPARTAMENTO DE SOLOS 36571-000 .2) Author 2.Organic matter .P-rem (P in the equilibrium solution) .1) Discussion on the proposed study 4.1) Title 2.Mg2+ .VIÇOSA-MG-BRASIL Practice lecture: 1) Representation of the Results of Soil and Plant Analysis 1.3) Characterizing the need for the research 2.P .Ca2+ .5) Material and methods 2.2) Atomic absorption: P standard curve and analysis handling 3.3) Atomic absorption: Microelements standard curves and analysis handling 4) Carrying out the Proposed Work 4.1) Unit transformations 1.4) Objectives 2.

Evaluation of Soil Fertility .1) Plant dry matter weight 5.CEC and liming . Sincerely.Available nutrients 5) Harvesting the Greenhouse Experiment 5.3) Soil analysis and relationships between plant growth and nutrient content The course corresponds to four academic credits. Professor. Victor Hugo Alvarez V. Mr.P sorption: Langmuir and Freundlich Isotherms . Abdala obtained a letter grade of “B”. The class met for a total of 120 hours of lecture (8 hours / week * 15 weeks).MINISTÉRIO DA EDUCAÇÃO E DO DESPORTO UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DE VIÇOSA DEPARTAMENTO DE SOLOS 36571-000 .VIÇOSA-MG-BRASIL 4.3) Other Soil Characteristics Analyzed for Soil Fertility Purposes: .2) Chemical analysis of the plant material 5.