Course code PJH370

PJH370 Advanced crop production for future plant products

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Course responsible: Sissel Torre, Siv Fagertun Remberg
Teachers: Anne Kjersti Uhlen, Anne-Berit Wold
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
Course frequency: Every year
First time: Study year 2021-2022
Course contents:
The course focuses on sustainable plant production, mainly in the Norwegian climate, and includes different plant products (vegetables, fruits and berries, potato, cereals, protein crops, greenhouse plants), and different production systems (field, tunnel, greenhouses and controlled climate). Growth, yield, plant quality and storability will be discussed in relation to genetic variation and climate factors and will include the following key topics: 1. Growth and developmental physiology with focus on photosynthesis, vegetative and generative growth, respiration and transpiration 2. How climate factors and production systems affect yield and different quality parameters 3. Storage and keeping quality.
Learning outcome:


• The course will give insight into the interaction between plants and environmental factors in a production and quality perspective.

• At the end of the course, students will have knowledge on how to achieve a sustainable production of high-quality plant products with a good keeping quality.


• Be able to apply their skills to develop and provide new knowledge in the field

• Be able to design and/or perform growth or storage experiments, report and discuss the results.

• Have theoretical and practical skills on how to measure important plant processes such as photosynthesis, transpiration, respiration and quality characteristics.

General competence:

• Students will be able to apply knowledge on production physiology to understand and solve biological and technological problems throughout the value chain, from production to storage and sale.

• Critical reflection and ability to evaluate different consequences related to sustainable plant production and storage

• Be able to communicate and discuss possible solutions with specialists in the field

• Be able to obtain knowledge and communicate professional issues to a general public

Learning activities:
Lectures, case study with possibility to choose production system / plant product, exercises, written report, student presentations, excursions
Teaching support:
Scientific papers
At least one of the following courses: PJH250, PJH240, PJH230, BOT130 and BOT200 or similar
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Presentations, case studies including presentations and written report, exercises and excursions 
Oral exam (70%) and case with written report (30%). Both need to be approved 
Nominal workload:
250 hr
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
The course has 3 credits overlap with PJH340.
Type of course:
2-4 hours of lectures each week, case studies in selected topics, exercises, 2 excursions
Examination details: :