Course code PJH230

PJH230 Fruit and Berries

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Course responsible: Siv Fagertun Remberg
Teachers: Arne Stensvand
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course is offered in the autumn parallel and has teaching and evaluation in autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Odd years
First time: Study year 2015-2016
Course contents:
The course will give an overview of fruit and berry productions (species, cultivars and areas) and morphology in addition to plant growth, adaption to climate, pollination and fruit setting. Soil and nutritive requirements will be reviewed as well as cropping, crop variety and regulation and harvesting methods. General pre- and postharvest quality with different factors affecting quality, in addition to postharvest physiology (respiration, transpiration, effect of temperature, atmospheric conditions and the effect of ethylene).
Learning outcome:


  • Have knowledge of fruit trees and berry plants, and their products, and an understanding on how they react to climate and various cultural measures.
  • Have knowledge of fields, varieties, cultivation as well as cultural measures and maintenance of fruit and berry crops to ensure a stable and good crop over several years.
  • Have knowledge of fruit quality throughout the value chain from field cultivation to handling and storage after harvest.


  • Have theoretical skills on various fruit and berry productions, plant growth and development, post-harvest and produce quality.
  • Be able to prepare for and perform simple laboratory experiments and evaluate and discuss the results.
  • Be able to present a professional topic in a suitable forum


  • Be able to apply professional knowledge and relevant results from research work, obtain, evaluate and refer to information and subject matter, shed light on an issue and present this using relevant professional tools.
Learning activities:
The students will attend lectures, field- and laboratory practices and field trips. During the semester, each student will present a topic related to fruit and berry production.
Teaching support:
Canvas, in addition to individual supervision for the given topic before the oral presentation.
Textbooks, academic journals, scientific papers and handouts.
Recommended prerequisites:
General knowledge in plant physiology
Mandatory activity:
Practical exercises (including student presentation) and excursion(s) are compulsory
Oral exam
Nominal workload:
4 hours of lectures and exercises per week, plus full and half-day excursion(s)
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in science
Type of course:
250 hours
External examiner approves the exam qestions and assess oral exams
Examination details: Oral exam: Letter grades