2007-2008 University of Guelph Undergraduate Calendar

XII. Course Descriptions

Horticultural Science

Department of Plant Agriculture

HORT*1050 Introduction to Horticultural Management F (2-3) [0.50]
This course is an overview of the various sectors of the horticulture industry and an investigation into specific sectors, that will include field trips, practical hands-on experience with tools and equipment, and safety legislation and practices. Industry sectors such as food and ornamental crop production, greenhouse and nursery production, landscape management, design/build and maintenance contracting, and gardening, will be examined and discussed. The variety breadth and importance of the horticulture industry in Ontario's economy will be outlined and discussed.
Restriction(s): Registration in B.B.R.M., Horticulture Major
Location(s): Ridgetown
HORT*1060 Plant Identification: Woody Plants F (3-2) [0.50]
In this course, students will learn the identification, naming, selection and landscape adaptation of cultivated woody plants. Elements of classification and nomenclature will provide a basis for learning common names, botanic names and morphological terms. Plant habit will be related to landscape function. Discussion will include the diversity of human interactions with woody plants both historically and in modern times. (Also offered through distance education format.)
Restriction(s): Registration in B.B.R.M., Horticulture Major, HORT*3260
Location(s): Ridgetown
HORT*1070 Fruit Production F (2-3) [0.50]
This course covers the commercial production and management of major small and tree fruit crops grown in Ontario, with the exception of grapes. Discussion topics include site and location selection, cultural management, and economics of fruit crop production in a temperate climate.
Restriction(s): Registered in B.B.R.M.
Location(s): Ridgetown
HORT*1080 Vegetable Production I F (2-3) [0.50]
This course includes commercial production and management of field-grown fresh market and processing vegetable crops, with emphasis placed on the major botanical families of vegetable crops grown in Ontario. Topics discussed include cropping systems of the major vegetable crop families, production trends, site selection, seed propagation, transplant production, use of mulches and rowcovers, irrigation techniques, harvesting and post-harvest handling of major vegetable crops including quality parameters, health benefits of vegetables, processing techniques, and marketing.
Restriction(s): Registered in B.B.R.M.
Location(s): Ridgetown
HORT*1100 Plant Propagation Techniques W (3-2) [0.50]
This course covers the principles and practices of propagation for horticultural plants. Sexual propagation discussions include dormancy issues, collection, viability tests, storage and seed germination. Vegetative propagation discussions include cuttings, division, layering, budding, grafting and tissue culture.
Restriction(s): Registered in B.B.R.M.
Location(s): Ridgetown
HORT*1200 Vegetable Production II W (2-3) [0.50]
This course includes commercial production and management of field-grown fresh market and processing vegetable crops not covered in Vegetable Production I, with some emphasis placed on production practices and quality characteristics specific to minor vegetable crops. Topics include cropping systems for minor vegetable crops, physiological bases for cultural practices, grading of vegetable crops, nutrient requirements and legislation, major costs associated with vegetable production, harvesting and post-harvest handling of minor vegetable crops including quality parameters, organic production, and marketing challenges for vegetables.
Restriction(s): Registered in B.B.R.M.
Location(s): Ridgetown
HORT*2010 Greenhouse Management F (3-2) [0.50]
This course covers management of the greenhouse environment including temperature, relative humidity, C02 and light. Computer controls, pest management, crop culture, containers, mixes, greenhouse heat loss calculations, construction, fertility, diagnostics, post-harvest, etc. are also examined. Students will be required to have a detailed understanding of the theoretical aspects of greenhouse management including physiological, morphological, anatomical, and bio-chemical aspects of greenhouse crops.
Restriction(s): Registered in B.B.R.M.
Location(s): Ridgetown
HORT*2060 Plant Identification: Herbaceous Plants F (3-2) [0.50]
This course covers the identification, naming, selection and landscape accommodation of families and groups of herbaceous plants with ornamental importance. The course will explore further the nomenclature of ornamental plants through the horticulturally significant taxonomic categories cultivar-group and cultivar-series.
Prerequisite(s): HORT*1060
Restriction(s): Registered in B.B.R.M.
Location(s): Ridgetown
HORT*2080 Horticultural Weed Science F (3-2) [0.50]
This course will provide the students with hands-on training of the basic anatomical elements and biology of weeds commonly found in ornamental horticulture, as well as applied knowledge methods of weed control, herbicide mode of action, and basis of selectivity.
Prerequisite(s): BIOL*1030
Restriction(s): Registered in B.B.R.M.
Location(s): Ridgetown
HORT*2200 Integrated Project W (2-3) [0.50]
A comprehensive study of the technical and economic aspects of a business operation will be undertaken. This will include the development of a general business plan in a sector of interest to the student, incorporating basic product information and a detailed definition of the business or aspect of the discipline.
Prerequisite(s): AGEC*1100, (AGEC*2220 or BUS*2220)
Co-requisite(s): AGEC*2230 or BUS*2230
Restriction(s): Registered in B.B.R.M.
Location(s): Ridgetown
HORT*2450 Introduction to Turfgrass Science F (3-2) [0.50]
The biology, ecology, adaptation, and uses of cool-season and warm-season turfgrass species and cultivars will be introduced. Topics will include the identification and life strategies of different turfgrass species, principles of reproduction and techniques for establishment of turfgrass by seeding, sprigging and sodding. The ecology of management including mowing, irrigation, cultivation, mineral nutrition, repair and renovation, and management of stresses (thatch, weeds, insects, disease). The turfgrass industry will be introduced, including application of ecological principles to athletic field management, sod production, golf course management, and professional lawn care.
Prerequisite(s): BIOL*1040
Restriction(s): HORT*3220
HORT*3010 Annual, Perennial and Indoor Plants - Identification and Use F (2-2) [0.50]
This course focuses on the identification and adaptation of annual, biennial, perennial herbaceous and indoor plants. Lectures will be integrated with outdoor laboratory activities to emphasize utilization of plant groups in park, perennial border, general landscape botanic garden and interiorscape settings. (Offered in odd-numbered years.)
Prerequisite(s): 0.50 credits in botany
HORT*3050 Management of Turfgrass Insect Pests and Weeds F (3-2) [0.50]
Biology, behavior and impact of insect pests of turfgrass and recognition of symptoms will be emphasized. Identification and management of weed species commonly found in turfgrass will be discussed. Environmental impacts of cultural and chemical control techniques will be discussed for each group of pests and advances in chemical and biological control methods will be developed.
Prerequisite(s): HORT*2450
Restriction(s): DTM*3300
HORT*3230 Plant Propagation F (2-2) [0.50]
Principles and practices of propagation for horticultural plants. Sexual (seed) propagation to include seed maturation, dormancy and seed germination; vegetative (asexual) propagation, including division, layering, budding, grafting and tissue culture.
Prerequisite(s): BIOL*1040
HORT*3260 Woody Plants F (1-3) [0.50]
Identification and cultural adaptation of native and introduced woody plants useful in cultivated landscapes and natural areas.
Prerequisite(s): BIOL*1030
HORT*3280 Greenhouse Production W (3-3) [0.50]
Principles and practices of production, culture and marketing of greenhouse flower and vegetable crops.
Prerequisite(s): BOT*3310 or PBIO*3110
HORT*3350 Woody Plant Production and Culture W (3-3) [0.50]
Techniques of producing field and container-grown woody landscape nursery stock are integrated with techniques of planting and maintaining individual trees in the cultivated landscape. This emphasis encompasses nursery stock production and arboriculture.
Prerequisite(s): BIOL*1030 or equivalent
Equate(s): HORT*3340, HORT*4250
HORT*3430 Wine-Grape Culture W (3-0) [0.50]
The history and impact of grape-growing in the New World will be presented and studied. Grape (Vitis) taxonomy (ampelography) and physiology will be studied as it relates to the Old World/New World wine growing. The physiology of fruiting and vegetative balance for managing wine quality in the vineyard will be integrated with basic wine-making practices and general oenological techniques. (Offered through Distance Education only.)
Prerequisite(s): AGR*2470 or BOT*2100
HORT*3510 Vegetable Production F (3-3) [0.50]
The vegetable industry and the characteristics, culture, storage and marketing of field-grown vegetable crops will be studied. Organic vegetable production will also be considered.
Prerequisite(s): BOT*2100
HORT*4200 Turf, the Environment and Society W (3-0) [0.50]
The course will explore the environmental impact of turfgrass management in urban and rural landscapes and society's perception of the how those areas should be used. Emphasis will be placed on the ecology of turfgrass systems and issues surrounding society's perception of management practices. The impact of public perception about the management and environmental impact of turfgrass areas in urban and rural landscapes will be discussed, including the issues surrounding the use and maintenance of turfgrass ecosystems. (First offering - Winter 2010)
Prerequisite(s): HORT*2450, HORT*4450, (1 of BIOL*2060, BOT*2050, CROP*2110)
HORT*4300 Postharvest Physiology W (3-3) [0.50]
An examination and discussion of physiological and biochemical processes unique to postharvest development and deterioration. Principles and practices of storing fruits, vegetables, and florists' and nursery stocks as well as marketing pathways for horticultural crops will be considered.
Prerequisite(s): BOT*3300 or PBIO*3110
HORT*4380 Tropical and Sub-Tropical Horticultural Crops F (3-0) [0.50]
Principles involved in the production and utilization of tropical and sub-tropical horticultural crops and agroforestry. School of Environmental Design and Rural Development.
Prerequisite(s): AGR*1250
HORT*4420 Fruit Crops F (3-3) [0.50]
Growth patterns, fruiting characteristics and adaptation to environmental conditions of fruit crops in temperate regions. Classification, cultural practices including propagation and the physiological principles underlying these practices will be emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): BOT*2100
HORT*4450 Advanced Turfgrass Science F (3-2) [0.50]
Topics include integrated turfgrass and pest management, water quality, and developing technologies in turfgrass science and management. Challenges facing turfgrass managers will be considered including turf quality, environmental impact, scheduling and financial implications. (First offering - Fall 2009)
Prerequisite(s): ENVB*3160, HORT*2450, HORT*3050
HORT*4900 Plant Agriculture Special Project I S,F,W (1-5) [0.50]
The student, in consultation with a faculty member, will select and define a research problem. Supervisory arrangements should be made at least one semester prior to commencing the course. The course will include preparation of a detailed literature review, project proposal and progress report. This course may be followed by HORT*4910 to provide two semesters for completion of the project.
Prerequisite(s): 15.00 credits
Restriction(s): Registration in B.Sc. or B.Sc.(Agr.) program.
HORT*4910 Plant Agriculture Special Project II S,F,W (1-5) [0.50]
A continuation of HORT*4900 in which the student will complete the research, write up the research findings in a scholarly scientific style and present a seminar.
Prerequisite(s): HORT*4900