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Hydroponic Systems in Horticultural Production and Public Environment

Hydroponic cultivation translate to "cultivation in water without soil". These cultivation systems is common in greenhouse production of vegetables and ornamentals, but also used in public environments and in more small-scale cultivation.

The focus is on production and public environment, but the course also addresses possibilities in small-scale cultivation. With the basics of plant cultivation, this is an excellent course to insight to the opportunities with this technique.

Despite a long history, there is a rapid development in the area. Vertical cultivation, plant factories, urban cultivation, the use of residual products are concepts that are often associated with this cultivation technique. You will get biological and technical basics for modern hydroponic cultivation, and an opportunity to focus on areas where there is rapid development.

You will get lectures and exercises and practical elements and a literature assignment. We have a lab where you in groups build a small cultivation system that is managed throughout the course. In addition, we have shorter labs on specific parts of the content. Study visits to companies is included. The literature assignment gives an opportunity for in-depth study in an area of your interest. The presentations gives opportunities to understand the width that exists within this cultivation system.

Take the chance to learn more about the possibilities for efficient and environmentally friendly cultivation with hydroponics.

BI1233 Hydroponic Systems in Horticultural Production and Public Environment, 15.0 Credits

Hydroponiska system inom trädgårdsodling och i offentlig miljö

Syllabus approved



Biology Horticultural science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Laboratories 5.00 1002
Seminar 5.00 1003
Literature examination 5.00 1004

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, at least 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G2F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

The equivalent of 60 credits in Biology, Horticultural science, Technology or Landscape Architecture.


After completion of the course, the student will be able to:
- choose and justify his/her choice of a hydroponic system and technical solutions for a specific growing site or cultivation situation.
- Discuss the environmental impact of hydroponic systems from a sustainability perspective.
- Discuss methodology for setting up, planting/establishment, maintenance and harvest of hydroponic systems.
- Describe the properties of relevant substrates used in hydroponic systems.
- Describe how water and plant nutrients can be regulated in hydroponic systems and be able to calculate water and nutrient requirements.
- Predict plant responses to various control and regulatory measures in hydroponic systems.
- Identify critical factors in hydroponic systems, including water quality and the incidence of disease agents, and be capable of prioritising control measures.
- Apply their knowledge in anticipating, preventing and managing technical disruptions in hydroponic systems.


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.

Formats and requirements for examination

The course examination consists of seminars and written and oral reporting of project work. To achieve the credits for the course, students must obtain a pass grade in the project assignment and other assignments, and participate actively in seminars, exercises and study trips.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Responsible department

Department of Biosystems and Technology

Further information

Determined by: Programstudierektor för trädgårdsingenjör: odling - kandidatprogram
Biology field: Övriga biologikurser
Replaces: BI1190, BI1206
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

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 Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology Horticultural science
Course code: BI1233 Application code: SLU-20083 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Biosystems and Technology Pace: 100%