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Horticultural Production Physiology

This is a course where you get the chance to go in depth when it comes to how plants are produced and how the results can be affected. What happens to the plant physiology when a growth factor is altered?

Stress is central to all types of plant production. It is often important to be able to avoid stress and optimize growth - but it is almost as common to control the growth of the plant with the help of conscious stress through control/restriction of various growth factors. Regardless of which, it is important to understand what is happening in the plant, how this can be measured and evaluated and be able to weigh advantages and disadvantages when designing a cultivation system for a particular plant. All this is addressed in this course.

The course is designed so that you can spend about half the time writing an in-depth work on a specific cultural plant that you are particularly interested in. The second half of the course is devoted in parallel to lectures, exercises and excursions that deepen and support the individual work. The course ends with a seminar where you will give a short lecture and present your crop - but above all get to learn about all your classmates´ in-depth work.

Additional course evaluations for BI1362

Academic year 2020/2021

Horticultural Production Physiology (BI1362-40059) 2021-03-24 - 2021-06-06

Academic year 2020/2021

Horticultural Production Physiology (BI1362-M4059) 2021-03-24 - 2021-06-06

BI1362 Horticultural Production Physiology, 15.0 Credits

Hortikulturell produktionsfysiologi

Syllabus approved




Education cycle

Master’s level


Title Credits Code
Major written project 8.00 1002
Other examinations 7.00 1003

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

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

Knowledge equivalent to 120 credits, including 60 credits in Natural Science and English 6.


The aim of the course is to give a broader and deeper knowledge about production physiology factors important for advanced horticultural production systems.

After completed course the student will be able to
- describe and discuss values, extent, structure and future challenges for sustainable production systems
- apply relevant measuring methods to analyse and evaluate the need of abiotic and biotic resources
- explain with plant physiological terms the consequences of cultural practice on growth, development and quality of horticultural crops and produce.


The course focuses on horticultural crops, their development, growth and quality in relation to sustainable crop production systems. The following topics are included:
- Applied plant physiology, especially stress physiology (abiotic and biotic factors) in a horticultural context
- Sustainable production (social, economic and ecological aspects)
- Quality aspects of horticultural crops and products
- Technical solutions for measuring of growth, development and quality of horticultural crops
- Growth and development prognosis tools
- Geographical aspects and site of production
- Knowledge transfer and communication of horticultural science to different target groups.

Scheduled exercises, seminars and study visits are compulsory.

Formats and requirements for examination

To pass the course, passed written and oral assignments as well as participation in the compulsory activities are 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.

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.

Additional information

5 credits of plant physiology is recommended to have good conditions to pass the course.

Responsible department

Department of Biosystems and Technology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Replaces: BI1308
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 Science - Master´s Programme Horticultural Science Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1362 Application code: SLU-40050 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Biosystems and Technology Pace: 100%