Plant Nutrition and Nutrient Management
(AGRO 824) Macro- and micronutrient elements and their function in the growth and development of plants; the role of single elements; interaction/balances between elements and nutrient deficiency/ toxicity symptoms as they affect the physiology of the whole plant; and the relationship between crop nutrition and production/environmental considerations (e.g. yield, drought, temperature, pests).
Presents fundamental concepts underlying the science of crop physiology, including crop phenology, canopy development and light interception, photosynthesis and respiration, and dry-matter partitioning.
Floral Crops Production
The principles and commercial practices for producing floral potted crops and cut flowers, emphasizing the physical responses of plants to their environment. Aspects of post-harvest physiology will be covered.
Greenhouse Crop Production
Principles and practices of commercial production of greenhouse crops involving crop scheduling, greenhouse construction, heating, cooling, growing media, pest management, nutrition, fertility, growth regulation, irrigation, post‐harvest handling, and marketing of greenhouse crops.
Environmental Nursery Production Practices
In this course, cultural nursery crop production practices will be presented with consideration of current recommended Best Management Practices, conservation of resources, scientific research-based investigations related to nursery cultural practices, potential risks to nursery personnel and off-site movement of airborne materials and effluents to surrounding areas
Pest Resistance Management
(RNGE 496; SOIL 496) (1-6, max 12 cr I, II, III)
Prereq: 12 hrs agronomy or closely related fields and permission
Individual or group projects in research, literature review, extension of course work under supervision and evaluation of a
departmental faculty member.
Management of Horticultural Crop Insects
Prereq: Introductory course in biology. Credit toward the degree cannot be earned in both ENTO 303 and ENTO 403/803. Biology, ecology and management of insect pests of horticultural crops such as vegetables, fruit trees, trees and shrubs, greenhouse crops, turf and ornamentals. Employs IPM strategies to maintain pests below damaging levels while minimizing the use of traditional insecticides.
Entomology and Pest Management
Prereq: Introductory course in entomology. Principles and practices of managing insect pests. Pest management theory, use of sampling, evaluation, tactics, types of insect pests, and current issues.
Biological Control of Pests
Prereq: 12 hrs BIOS and/or agricultural sciences. ENTO/PLPT 813 is offered spring semester of even-numbered calendar years.Principles and practices of using natural enemies and antagonists to manage the abundance of pests and reduce economic losses.
(3 cr I) Lec 3. Prereq: 12 hrs BIOS; 4 hrs organic chemistry.
Offered fall semester of even-numbered calendar years.
Principles of toxicology, insecticide classification, mode of action, metabolism and consequences of insecticide use.
Plant Resistance to Abiotic and Biotic Stressors
Theory and principles underlying the development and importance of plant resistance in an integrated management program, including environmental impacts, inheritance of resistance and strategies for selecting insect resistance.
Survey of the principles and practices of plant pathology. The main and genetic elements involved in plant disease will be covered. Many of the major diseases, as well as their causes and effects, will be surveyed.
Examines seed morphology, anatomy and chemistry. A study of the germination, emergence, and dormancy processes in seed, in addition to various quality aspects, including vigor, longevity, and deterioration. Genetically engineered seeds and other hot topics in seed science will also be included.
This course focuses on the physiological principles and industry practices in the production, moving, care, and maintenance of interior plants. This course will equip students with the career tools to design, install and maintain interior plantscapes. This goal will be accomplished through the review of the pertinent literature and through class exercises designed to improve students' skills and knowledge of interior plant physiology, care and maintenance.
Environmental Stress Physiology
Physiology of plant responses to environmental stresses, with emphasis on current research in selected physiological, molecular, and biochemical mechanisms for tolerance to environmental stresses such as temperature extremes, drought, salt, pathogens and other plants.
Business Management of Agriculture Enterprises
Students will research a specific agricultural enterprise then develop and present a business plan using materials from the primary area of interest. This course requires the completion of a shadowing assignment and the analyses of case studies.