Spring of every year - first five weeks of semester only
Provide students with an understanding of how plants acquire and transport nutrient elements and how each element functions in plant physiology, and integrate this information with the practical aspects of nutrient management in horticultural crop production and landscape maintenance.
Course Learning Objective
Develop an understanding of how plant acquire and assimilate mineral nutrients, and how nutrients function in plant physiology.
Learn how this knowledge can be used to optimize nutrient management in the field of horticulture.
Essential and beneficial elements
Nutrient functions and deficiencies
Nutrient uptake and assimilation
Xylem and phloem transport
Monitoring and diagnosing nutritional problems
Fertilizer types and nutrient use efficiency
Nutrient management in horticulture
Students will observe and describe nutrient deficiency symptoms in a hydroponic demonstration.