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Horticultural Systems and Future Challenges

This is an introductory course to higher studies in horticulture. Here you get an insight into the global scope and what role horticulture plays in the world.

The basic structure is that each week has 1-2 themes. The week usually begins with a short lecture / workshop as an introduction to some form of project work that is presented orally or in writing at the end of the week. The course covers all parts of the chain from plant breeding and propagation of plant material via plant protection, plant use and plant physiology to trade and produce quality. The focus is on sustainable systems and how horticulture can contribute to the fulfillment of the UN:s global environmental goals.

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Additional course evaluations for BI1309

Academic year 2022/2023

Horticultural Systems and Future Challenges (BI1309-10134)

2022-08-29 - 2022-10-31

Academic year 2021/2022

Horticultural Systems and Future Challenges (BI1309-10140)

2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2020/2021

Horticultural Systems and Future Challenges (BI1309-10154)

2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

Academic year 2019/2020

Horticultural Systems and Future Challenges (BI1309-10079)

2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

Academic year 2018/2019

Horticultural Systems and Future Challenges (BI1309-10018)

2018-09-03 - 2018-11-05

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

Preliminary Literature list

Horticultural Systems and Future Challenges, BI1309


General book for the course:

** Science and the Garden: The Scientific Basis of Horticultural Practice**

** Ingram,Vince-Prue & Gregory, 392 pages, 3rd edition. 2015.**

** Wiley-Blackwell**

** ISBN: 9781118778432**

Week 1 (BT)

Harvesting the Sun PDF
(ISHS Scripta Horticulturae 14 )

Horticultural Production Systems - Chapter 3. PDF.

Week 2 (BT)

Bommarco, R., Kleijn, D. & Potts, S.G. Ecological intensification: harnessing ecosystem services for food security. 2013. Trends in ecology and evolution. 28:4, 230-238.

Wilson, M.H. & Lovell, S.T. 2016. Agroforestry—The Next Step in Sustainable and Resilient Agriculture. Sustainability. 8:6. 574. 15pp.

Week 3 (VF)

Ladaniya M.S.. 2015. Climate Change Effects on Fruit Quality and Post-harvest Management Practices. In Climate Dynamics in Horticultural Science. Vol. 1, Principles and Applications. Apple Academic Press, Inc.,

Read primarily the chapter by Ladaniya, but other chapters in this book can also be relevant for the Fact sheets.

The book is available as a pdf through Researchgate: Use Google Scholar and search for “CLIMATE DYNAMICS IN HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE” and you will find the individual chapters, leading to the book.

Bisbis M.B., Gruda N., Blanke M. 2018. Potential impacts of climate change on vegetable production and product quality A review. Journal of Cleaner Production 170, 1602-1620,.

Chen S., Chen X., Xu J. 2016. Impacts of climate change on agriculture: Evidence from China. J. Environ. Econ. Management, 76, 105–124.

Albrech C. 2011. Invasive Species and Climate Change in California. California Department of Food and Agriculture. Forum on Extreme Climate Risks and California's Future Agriculture and The Food System.

California’s most significant droughts: Comparing historical and recent conditions. State of California. California Department of Water Resources, 2015.

Read “Executive Summary”(page 0)+ chapter 1 (pages 1-3, left +figure p. 4 + p.5 from Defining drought + p.6) + chapter 2 (p.23-26, 31-33)

Wildfire is coming. Are you ready to go. Wildfire evacuation guide. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), 2018.

Read this synoptically (översiktligt).

Top 20 Most Destructive California Wildfires. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), 2018.

Read this synoptically to get a view of extent and causes.

CNN, 2018-06-26. At least 10,500 acres burned by wildfires in Northern California.

Read this synoptically.

Week 4 (VF)

Korhonen J., Honkasalo A., Seppälä J. 2018. Circular Economy: The Concept and its Limitations. Ecological Economics 143, 37–46.

Hetemäki L., et al. 2017. Introduction: The need for a circular bioeconomy. In ‘Leading the way to a European circular bioeconomy strategy. From Science to Policy 5.’ European Forest Institute.

Read page 10-16 (general introduction to bioeconomy).

Lin C.S.K. et al. 2013. Food waste as a valuable resource for the production of chemicals, materials and fuels. Current situation and global perspective. Energy Environ. Sci., 6, 426-464.

Imbert E. 2017. Food waste valorization options: opportunities from the bioeconomy. Open Agriculture. 2: 195–204.

D’Hondt K., Jiménez-Sánchez G., Philp J. 2015. Reconciling Food and Industrial Needs for an Asian Bioeconomy: The Enabling Power of Genomics and Biotechnology. Asian Biotechnology and Development Review, 17, 2, 85-130.

Hartikainen, H. 2017. Food losses and waste in primary production: Case studies on carrots, onions, peas, cereals and farmed fish. Copenhagen: Nordisk Ministerråd.

*Read page 13-68 *synoptically (which are the biggest causes for the losses?).

  • The Value of Native Plants and Local Production in an Era of Global Agriculture, Shelef et al. 2017
  • International New Crop Development Incentives, Barriers, Processes and Progress: An Australian Perspective, Fletcher et al. 2002
  • Conventional Banana and plantain breeding, Ortiz 2013
  • Diversifying food systems in the pursuit of sustainable food production and healthy diets, Dwivedi et al. 2017
  • Diversifying the intensive cereal cropping systems of the indo-ganges through horticulture, Jat et al. 2006
  • From crossbreeding to biotechnology-facilitated improvement of banana and plantain, Ortiz and Swennen 2014
  • Pros and Cons of Japanese Quince (Chaenomeles japonica) – an Underutilized Pome Fruit, Rumpunen et al. 2011

**Week 5-10 **To be decided later

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Horticultural Science - Master's Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Horticultural Science Biology Biology Horticultural science
Course code: BI1309 Application code: SLU-10161 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Biosystems and Technology Pace: 100%