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HORT*3280 Greenhouse Production

UNDERGRADUATEPrinciples and practices of production, culture and marketing of greenhouse flower and vegetable crops.

Instructor

T. Blom
Rm. 1221 E.C. Bovey Building
Phone: ext. 53847
Email: tblom@uoguelph.ca 

The instructor will have visiting hours on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays during the weeks of teaching between 08:00-09:00 HR in the Bovey Building, Room 1221, Ext. 53847, or by appointment. E-mail: tblom@uoguelph.ca.

Prerequisites

BOT*3310 or PBIO*3110

Course Objectives

To provide the student with an understanding of physiological and environmental principles in protected environments (greenhouse and mushroom facilities) and how these principles are applied to a number of selected crops.

Method of Course Presentation

Lectures will be used to present concepts and principles associated with the use of greenhouses and mushroom facilities to show how these concepts apply to the production of some specific greenhouse ornamental and vegetable crops as well as mushroom production.

Laboratory periods will be used for:
a) field trips to commercial operations (currently two trips are planned); and some hands-on demonstrations;
b) student research projects (a selected group of research projects will be pursued to illustrate principles applied to commercial greenhouse crop production or commercial mushroom production);
c) class presentations of research results (i.e. projects).

Lecture & Lab Schedule

Lectures: Mon / Wed / Fri: 09:30 - 10:20 AM Rm GRM 2302
Laboratory: Fri:13:30 - 16:20 Rm ANNU 002 / Bovey Greenhouses

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Evaluation of Student Progress



Field Trip Reports (10% each)
20%
Midterm Quiz (Mar. 3 ?)
20%
Research Project Report
20%
Oral Presentations of Research
10%
Final Examination (Apr. 24)
30%
TOTAL
100%

Important Dates & Policy

  • Two Field Trips are tentatively planned for Feb 3 and March 25.
  • Reports (hard copy!) are to be handed in within 1 week from the date of the Field trip.
  • Midterm quiz is planned to cover the first 6 weeks of lectures.
  • Preliminary Project Reports will be presented on Mar. 3 and Mar. 10.
  • Student Seminars of Projects are scheduled for the week of March 27 and April 3.
  • Final Day for submission of Research Reports is Wed. April 19.

FINAL EXAMINATION is scheduled for April 26, 2006; 11:30-13:30 hr

MAKEUP QUIZZES AND EXAMS WILL ONLY BE GRANTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH UNIVERSITY POLICY CONCERNING ABSENCE FROM EXAMINATIONS.

LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE PENALIZED @ 10% PER DAY LATE.

If you are having difficulties at any time, please seek help from the instructors.

Textbooks

*= main text book; some copies will be available on 2-hour reserve.
- OMAF publication 370 (Production Recommendations for Greenhouse Floriculture)
- OMAF publication 350 (Commercial Mushroom Production)
- *Hanan, Joe. Greenhouses. Advanced Technologies for protected Horticulture. 1998. CRC Press, BocaRotan, Florida 33431. ISBN 0-8493-1698-7
- Greenhouse Crop Production Handbook (2nd edition) by Tsujita and Roberts - available in class - $25.00: also copies will be available on 2-hour reserve.