Graduate Program in Agronomy


The Graduate Program in Agronomy has as main focus to provide a solid formation within the area of Plant Science, qualifying professionals for research and teaching related to the agricultural sciences technological development. Due to its teaching structure and research facilities, this Graduate Program provides a wide range of knowledge, enabling the participants to propose, execute and complete research projects and in-depth studies in the different research lines and areas of professional interest.

Target Audience: Professionals from Agricultural, Environmental and Biological Sciences; Graduated in Sciences (Biology and Chemistry);

Area of concentration: Plant Science

Graduate Program in Agronomy



Overview: Study of the physiological and environmental variables involved in plant production, as well as the technological aspects of plant production handling and processing.

Related Faculty:

  • Ana Claudia Pacheco
  • Ceci Castilho Custódio
  • Fabio Rafael Echer
  • Tadeu Alcides Marques
  • Vânia Maria Ramos


Overview: Evaluation of intra and interspecific genetic variability of cultivated plant species, as well as species with agronomic potential and living organisms of interest for plant production.

Related Faculty:

  • Alessandra Ribas
  • Luiz Gonzaga Esteves Vieira
  • Nelson Barbosa Machado Neto


Overview: Studies on the performance of agricultural crops in relation to the management of chemical, physical and biological quality of soils, within conservationist fundamentals of environmental resources.

Related Faculty:

  • Carlos Henrique dos Santos
  • Carlos Sérgio Tiritan
  • Edemar Moro
  • Fabio Fernando de Araujo
  • José Eduardo Creste



The Graduate Program in Agronomy has a Curricular Structure with a workload of 1440 hours (96 credits) in the Master's degree program and 2880 hours (192 credits) in the Doctoral program, distributed in thematic axes of formation with compulsory and elective courses, plan of activities, complementary activities, research activities, general qualification examination, and the development and presentation of Master dissertation or Doctoral thesis.

Compulsory Courses:

Seminars I – 30 hours or 2 credits
Seminars II – 30 hours or 2 credits

Elective Courses:

Agriculture and Sustainability - 45 hours or 3 credits - Contents: Theoretical bases of agricultural sustainability. Alternative systems of production. Transitions to sustainability: from agricultural sustainability to the sustainability of agro-food systems. Food safety.The impact of new technologies. The environmental issue and development. Professor: Fabio Fernando de Araujo

Biochemical and Molecular Markers – 60 hours or 4 credits – Contents: Identification and characterization of biochemical and molecular markers. Use of biochemical and molecular markers in the evaluation of genetic variability. Monitoring of plant breeding. Professor: Nelson Barbosa Machado Neto

Biological Control of Pests – 60 hours or 4 credits – Contents: Basic principles of biological control. Description of biological and behavioral aspects of insects' main natural enemies. Creation and multiplication of parasitoids and predators, besides the quality control of mass production. Main programs of biological control and microbial control in Brazil. Professor: Vania Maria Ramos

Chemistry and Environmental Management of Tropical Soils – 60 hours or 4 credits – Contents: Chemical properties of soils. Origin of the electric charges in the soil, importance of the clay minerals as responsible for the soil chemical activity. Mineral and organic colloids responsible for the cations and anions exchange capacity of soils / retention of heavy metals and other inorganic pollutants. Chemical balance in the soil and inorganic pollutants dynamics in the soil-plant-atmosphere system. Concept of Soil Quality. The environmental monitoring of soil pollutants. Degradation of solid waste and effluents. Professor: Carlos Henrique dos Santos

Conservation and Use of Plant Genetic Resources – 60 hours or 4 credits – Contents: Importance of plant genetic resources (PGR). Basic concepts on plant germplasm. Origins of agriculture. Methods of conservation. Use and characterization of plant genetic resources. Political aspects of the conservation and use of PGR. Professor: Nelson Barbosa Machado Neto

Crop-Livestock-Forest Integration – 60 hours or 4 credits – Contents: Sustainability of crop-livestock-forest integration (CLFi); Management, planning and implementation of CLFi projects; Forms of CLFi employed in Brazil; Management of the fertilization, liming and plastering under the CLFi system; Improvements in soil quality with the use of CLFi; Different CLFi systems; Production of cattle on pasture in areas with CLFi; CLFi forest implantation and management. Professor: Edemar Moro

Experimental Statistics – Contents: Basic concepts and experiment planning. Analysis of multiple comparisons. Main experimental designs. Factorial experiments. Polynomial regression analysis for quantitative treatments. Multivariate analysis.

Fertilizer and Corrective Management – 60 hours or 4 credits – Contents: Concept of fertilizer and corrective. Classification. Historical aspects. Production and consumption of fertilizers. Nitrogen fertilizers. Phosphate fertilizers. Potassic fertilizers. Calcitic and magnesian fertilizers and correctives and their use. Fertilizers and correctives containing sulfur and its use. Fertilizers containing micronutrients. Mixed fertilizers, complexes and mixtures. Fluid fertilizers. Organic fertilizers. Fertilizers of slow availability. Distribution and localization of fertilizers. Leaf fertilization. Experimentation with fertilizers. Professor: Carlos Sérgio Tiritan

Handling of Fruit Plants – 60 hours or 4 credits – Contents: Importance and distribution of commercial fruit production in the world. Propagation, planting systems, agroecological zoning. Pruning and fruiting systems. Nutrition and fruit fertilization. Integrated pest and disease control. Harvest and post-harvest. Industrial processing. Commercialization. Professor: Carlos Henrique dos Santos

Integrated Pest Management – 60 hours or 4 credits – Contents: Basic components of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs, sampling, decision-making parameters, control techniques, pest population reduction techniques (conservation and biological balance, cultural practices, etc.). Case studies. Professor: Vania Maria Ramos

Management of Forage Plants – 60 hours or 4 credits – Contents: Seasonality of forage production. Behavior of plants under cuts. Pasture establishment and management. Grazing systems. Silage production techniques. Evaluation of silages. Zoning of forage plants. Methods of evaluation of forage plants. Release of new varieties of forage species.

Molecular Biology of Plants – 60 hours or 4 credits – Contents: Structure of the genome. Sequencing. Bioinformatics. Cloning. Functional Genomics. Transcriptomics. Proteomics. Professor: Luiz Gonzaga Esteves Vieira

Physiology of Plant Production – 60 hours or 4 credits – Contents: General morpho-physiological characteristics of a plant. Water relations.Carbon balance and dry matter production. Plant-environment interaction. Professor: Fabio Rafael Echer

Plant Cell and Tissue Culture – 60 hours or 4 credits – Contents: Cell cultures. Plant tissue culture. Micropropagation. Protoplasts. Genetic transformation in plants. Professor: Alessandra Ribas

Plant Domestication and Breeding – 60 hours or 4 credits – Contents: Domestication of plants. R! and K! production systems. Types of plants to be domesticated. Plant breeding. Unconventional breeding. Reproduction systems in higher plants. Biotechnology. Experimentation in plant breeding. In situ and ex situ germplasm banks. The importance of seed banks. Professor: Nelson Barbosa Machado Neto

Plant Nutrition – 60 hours or 4 credits – Contents: Historical aspects of plant mineral nutrition. Criteria of essentiality. Ionic absorption, transport and redistribution of nutrients in plants. Macronutrients. Micronutrients. Useful elements. Toxic elements. Mineral deficiencies in plants. Methods for evaluating the nutritional status of plants. Professor: José Eduardo Creste

Plant Physiology – Contents: Morpho-physiological characteristics of a plant. Water relations. Photosynthesis. Respiratory metabolisms. Transport processes. Plant development and growth. Professor: Ana Claudia Pacheco

Cotton Production - 60 hours or 4 credits - Contents: Economic aspects. Physiology and environmental stresses. Phenology. Plant nutrition and fertilization. Cultivars characteristics. Biology and control of weeds, pests and diseases. Transgenic cotton. Use of plant growth regulators, defoliants and harvest aid. Harvest and ginning. Stalk destruction. Fiber quality. Professor: Fábio Rafael Echer.

Production of Grain Crops: Soybean and Corn – 60 hours or 4 credits – Contents: Economic, social and cultural importance of the species: soybean and corn. Origin centers, botany and genetic breeding. Climatic requirements, ecophysiology and phenological stages of plant development. Rotation and installation of crops. Conservationist management of tropical soils. Strategies of fertilization. Cultivation practices and phytosanitary protection. Harvest and post-harvest procedures. Professor: Edemar Moro

Scientific Computing in Agrarian Sciences - 45 hours or 3 credits – Contents: Use of advanced MS-Excel, AutoCad, agricultural programs, sites of agricultural interest, statistical programs, logistic and mathematical programs, logical algorithm development techniques and basic Pascal language programming techniques (Borland Delphi). Genetic Algorithms. Professor: Tadeu Alcides Marques

Secondary Plant Metabolism – 45 hours or 3 credits – Contents: Basic metabolism and origin of secondary metabolites in plants. Groups of secondary metabolites. Genetic and molecular aspects of plant production targeting metabolites of interest. Cell and tissue cultures as a source of bioactive compounds. Plant defense: plant-microorganism, plant-insect and plant-plant interactions. Defense signs in the plants: translation of signs. Toxic plants and insecticides. Study and research of medicinal plants in agronomy. Seminars. Professor: Ana Claudia Pacheco

Seed Analysis – 60 hours or 4 credits - Contents: Basic knowledge about seed analysis including sampling techniques, methods and tests to evaluate the physical, genetic and physiological attributes of seed quality. Professor: Ceci Castilho Custódio

Seed Physiology – 60 hours or 4 credits – Contents: Importance and formation of seed in the plant. Development, maturation and acquisition of desiccation tolerance. Development regulation. Water/seed ratios. Germination and control of germination (dormancy). Seed deterioration. Physiological conditioning of seeds. Conservation and storage of seeds. Professor: Ceci Castilho Custódio

Seed Production and Technology – 60 hours or 4 credits – Contents: Seed production systems. Seed production technology from planning to harvesting. Post-harvest processing. Quality control of production and processing. Professor: Ceci Castilho Custódio

Soil Fertility – 60 hours or 4 credits – Contents: Soil composition. Concepts and laws of soil fertility. Electrical loads of soil. Adsorption and ion exchange.The microorganisms and their relation with soil fertility. Soil reaction. Acidity of the soil. Soil organic matter. Macronutrients of soil. Micronutrients of soil. Methods for evaluating soil fertility. Planning of experiments in soil fertility. Professor: Carlos Sérgio Tiritan

Soil Microbiology – 60 hours or 4 credits – Contents: Concepts and importance of soil microbiology. Microbial physiology and nutrition.Microbiotic soil.Nitrogen fixation. Soil microorganisms beneficial to plants. Interrelations plant-microorganisms. Microbial balance. Evaluation of microbial activity in soil.Microbiology and soil fertility. Professor: Fabio Fernando Araujo

Sugarcane Bioenergy - Agricultural Production and Industrial Processing – 60 hours or 4 credits – Contents: Operations for sugarcane cultivation. Study of the control parameters of the unitary operations for the manufacture of sugar, alcohol and brandy. Professor: Tadeu Alcides Marques

Sugarcane Production and Processing – 60 hours or 4 credits – Contents: Operations of sugarcane cultivation. Study of the control parameters of the unitary operations for the manufacture of sugar, alcohol and brandy. Professor: Tadeu Alcides Marques

Topics in Tropical Agriculture – 60 hours or 4 credits – Contents: Agronomic concepts, with emphasis on the exploration of plant species in a tropical environment. Socio-economic importance of the main plant species cultivated in Brazilian tropical regions. Economic viability, agribusiness and production systems. Botanical description. Origin centers and breeding. Growth physiology, ecophysiology and phenological stages of plant development. Climatic requirements of selected species, agro-climatic zoning and crop cultivation. Conservation management of tropical soils and fertilization strategies. Cultivation practices and phytosanitary protection. Harvest and post-harvest procedures. Professor: Carlos Sérgio Tiritan

Research Groups and Centers

Main research groups linked to the Graduate Program in Agronomy:

  • Center for Research and Studies in Sugar and Ethanol Technology - CENTEC
  • Cotton Research Group
  • Evaluation, recombination and generation of genetic plant variability in plants
  • Food and bioenergy
  • Rizobacteria that Promote Plant Growth
  • Seed Studies
  • Agricultural Research Group of the Western São Paulo Region - GPAGRO
  • Sustainable Management of Sandy Soils - GMASA


  • Phosphorus balance in single pasture of Panicum maximum cv. Mombasa and intercropped with legumes with different sources of phosphorus
  • Biochemical changes in soybean and soil microbiology after three years of integrating livestock farming in sandy soil
  • Phosphorus fractionation of a red dystroferricargisol subjected to chemical and physical management in an integrated cropping-livestock system
  • Study of the regulation of photosynthetic mechanisms of the C4 pathway in sugarcane subjected to water deficit
  • Effect of proline metabolism in promoting the synthesis of phenolic compounds in transgenic tobacco
  • Productivity and quality of summer sorghum silage consorted with pigeon pea and brachiaria
  • Soybean yield after reimplantation of degraded pasture with and without phosphating
  • Nitrogen fractionation in soil and soybean crop managed in a no-tillage and crop rotation system
  • Soil management under pasture prior to soybean cultivation in direct seeding system and integration of livestock and farming


Candidates may submit an application or fill out a prospective form online for further contact from the University.




The Graduate Program in Agronomy receives Ph.D. professionals for postdoctoral internships. Applications should include a proposal containing: a pre-research project, a personal statement describing the applicant’s interest in the agronomical studies and career goals and a letter of recommendation from the researcher’s primary faculty advisor. The application should also indicate who would be the researcher’s program advisor, who must be a member of the program faculty.

Please submit your application or proposal to the addresses listed at the "CONTACT US" section.


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For more information, please contact:

International Cooperation Office (ICO)
Email: iaa@unoeste.br
Tel: +55 18 3229-3288
Fax: +55 18 3229-2080

Secretary- Graduate Program in Agronomy
E-mail: programa.agro@unoeste.br or keid@unoeste.br
Tel: +55 18 3229-3264
Tel: +55 18 3229-2000 Internal extension: 2131

Dean of Research and Graduate Studies
University of Western São Paulo – UNOESTE - Campus II
Rodovia Raposo Tavares, km 572
CEP 19.067-175 Presidente Prudente (SP)

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