Course code PJH250

PJH250 Plant production in controlled environment

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Course responsible: Sissel Torre
Teachers: Aruppillai Suthaparan, Svein Andre Kolltveit, Ida Kristin Hagen
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, .
Course frequency: Every year
First time: Study year 2015-2016
Course contents:
The course focuses on the relationship between climate and plant growth and how this knowledge can be used to optimize plant production in Greenhouses and different production systems in controlled environment like plant factories and vertical plant production. Crop responses to temperature, light climate, air humidity and CO2 will be presented and discussed in relation to yield and product quality. Also, the course will contain greenhouse technology, cultivation systems, growing media, and fertilization strategies for the most common greenhouse crops. The students will perform short and long term plant growth experiments, measure different growth- and quality-parameters and write reports. Excursions will be arranged during the course and the students will get the opportunity to gain insight into practical greenhouse production in Norway.
Learning outcome:
The course aims to give the students knowledge about the production systems in controlled environment. The students will gain an understanding of the biological and technical Challenges. The students should be capable of describing the production of different crops and understand the influence of the different climate factors. The students should also be in able to measure and understand measurements of climate parameters and interpret plant growth responses.
Learning activities:
Lectures, exercises, practical training, oral presentation
Book: Greenhouse horticulture (Stanghellini, van `t Ooster, Heuvelink), Lectures, lecture notes, articles and scientific papers. 
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Excursions, approved exercise work with an approved participation and approved reports + student presentations.
Written examn (3 hr).
Nominal workload:
250 hours
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
External examiner
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Writtem exam: Letter grades