Postharvest - Biology and Technology
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Additional course evaluations for BI1235
Academic year 2019/2020Postharvest - Biology and Technology (BI1235-30096) 2020-01-20 - 2020-03-24
Academic year 2018/2019Postharvest - Biology and Technology (BI1235-30035) 2019-01-21 - 2019-03-25
Academic year 2017/2018Postharvest - Biology and Technology (BI1235-30083) 2018-01-15 - 2018-03-20
Academic year 2016/2017Postharvest - Biology and Technology (BI1235-30065) 2017-01-16 - 2017-03-21
Academic year 2015/2016Postharvest - Biology and Technology (BI1235-30264) 2016-01-18 - 2016-03-21
BI1235 Postharvest - Biology and Technology, 15.0 CreditsPostharvest - biologi och teknologi efter skörd
SubjectsBiology Horticultural science
Education cycleBachelor’s level
Advanced study in the main fieldFirst cycle, at least 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G2F)
Prior knowledgeCourses corresponding to 60 credits in biology or horticultural science.
ObjectivesThe course will provide knowledge on factors influencing the postharvest quality of horticultural products, as well as the ability to evaluate how to maintain the postharvest quality and reduce losses along the chain. The course will give a deeper understanding of the physiology, handling and technology for horticultural products in the postharvest period, from harvest to consumption. On completion of the course, students will:
- show detailed knowledge of the biochemistry, physiology and structures in horticultural products that are important in postharvest handling and storage
- be able to describe different techniques used in conjunction with distribution and storage, such as quality evaluation, as well as discuss practice used for certain horticultural products
- be able to evaluate how genetic material, environmental pre- and postharvest factors, packaging technology as well as handling during distribution and storage affect the quality and shelf-life of horticultural products
- display advanced knowledge of the importance of horticultural products for human nutrition and food safety
- be able to discuss various quality criteria for horticultural products and the regulation of these
- be able to describe regulatory controls such as legislation and voluntary certification relating to food safety, traceability and production systems, and discuss the meaning of different certifications
- have knowledge about product development and innovation process for new products.
ContentContent The course encompasses both edible horticultural products, such as fruit, berries and vegetables as well as horticultural products for other purposes, such as pot plants, cut flowers and outdoor plants. The course deals with the following subjects:
- Maintenance of postharvest quality and reduction of losses including cold chain, package material, modified and controlled atmospheres, and storage techniques.
- Techniques for determination and analysis of the quality for raw materials and processed products as well as ripeness determination.
- Physiological and plant pathological factors, and other environmental and genetic factors affecting quality and shelf-life.
- Content in fruit, berries and vegetables which influences human health, and methods to optimize the content.
- Food safety concerning horticultural products, and the regulation in the EU and outside EU.
- Foodwaste: how to reduce waste along the value chain, and alternative uses for by-products.
- Overview of product development and innovation process.
Scheduled guest lectures, seminars, supervision, presentations and excursions are mandatory.
Formats and requirements for examinationThe examination consists of a written exam, seminars and case studies, and written and oral presentations. To pass the course, a pass grade in the written exam of the theory section, approved participation in compulsory components and approved reporting of project work is required.
- 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.
- 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.