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Hydroponic Systems in Horticultural Production and Public Environment

The hydroponic systems referred to in the course are high technology cultivation systems where plant nutrients are supplied in liquid form. The course is an applied course covering biological, technological and horticultural issues. It encompasses both the production of horticultural products and the growing and use of horticultural plants in public spaces. The course also deals with environmental aspects, and principles of plant physiology and technology are integrated. The course deals with a range of areas of application for hydroponic cultivation systems and how these systems can be ajusted according to demands of the plant. During the course, the students build their own hydroponic systems in the greenhouse or outdoors, carry out analyses, regulate water and nutrient supply, take care of the plants, resolve technical problems in the cultivation system and evaluate the results. Great emphasis is placed on the fact that applications in public spaces must be long-lasting and that the horticultural products produced must maintain a high level of quality. Scheduled laboratory work, exercises, group discussions, supervision, presentations, seminars as well as excursions are mandatory.

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

Course literature 2023

Raviv, MJ, Lieth, JH and Bar-Tal A. 2019. Soilless Culture: Theory and Practice. Elsevier Science, second ed. ISBN: 978-0-444-63696-6. The library has two printed copies, and the book is available as an online resource via the SLU library.

Reference literature:

  • Resh, Howard M. 2013. Hydroponic Food Production. A definitve guidebook for the advances home gardener and the commercial hydroponic grower. CRC Press, seventh edition. Available as an online resource via the SLU library.

  • Savvas, D & Passam H. 2002. Hydroponic Production of Vegetables and Ornamentals. Embryo Publications, ISBN: 960-8002-12-5. Available as hard copy at the Alnarp library.

  • Alsanius B. et al. 2019 Sustainable systems for integrated fish and vegetable production. In: Marcelis L.F.M & Heuvelink E. 2019. Achieving sustainable greenhouse cultivation. Burleigh Dodds Series in Agricultural Science. Available as pdf in Canvas course room.

  • Van der Lugt, G. et al. 2016. Nutrient solutions for greenhouse crops. Consultant Plant Nutrition in Horticulture
    N.B. This booklet is produced and published by commercial companies with interest in the plant nutrient sector. Available as pdf in the Canvas course room.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Horticultural Management Programme - Garden Design, Bachelor's Programme Horticultural Management - Gardening and Horticultural Production, Bachelor's Programme Horticultural Science - Master's Programme Syllabus for Horticultural Management - Garden Design (BSc) Syllabus for Horticultural Management – Gardening and Horticultural Production (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level (G2F)
Subject: Horticultural Science Biology
Course code: BI1233 Application code: SLU-20006 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Biosystems and Technology Pace: 100%