XII. Course Descriptions

Horticultural Science

Department of Plant Agriculture

HORT*1120 Grape and Wine Science W (3-0) [0.50]
This course will examine whole plant physiology as illustrated by the perennial system of a grapevine. Students will investigate all the primary functions of a green plant, with each function then related to a grapevine and how it functions in nature. Each function of the vine will be connected to the ultimate effects on fruit quality and by extension, wine quality throughout the course.
Restriction(s): HORT*3430, Not acceptable for students in the B.Sc., B.Sc.(Agr.) or B.Sc.(Env.) programs.
HORT*1130 Science of Gardening F (3-0) [0.50]
This course examines the growth, development and physiology of horticultural species used for food and ornamental aesthetic purposes. The interaction between plants and impact of environmental factors as such as light, temperature, CO2 and humidity [on plant processes] will be emphasized.
Restriction(s): Not acceptable for students in the B.Sc., B.Sc.(Agr.) or B.Sc.(Env.) programs.
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*3270 Biotechnology of Medicinal Plants W (3-0) [0.50]
This course will focus on the use of medicinal plants, specifically application of recent biotechnology advancements in their production and processing for human health.
Prerequisite(s): 1 of BOT*1200, ENVB*3040, HORT*3230
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*3310 or PBIO*3110
HORT*4380 Tropical and Sub-Tropical Crops F (3-0) [0.50]
Principles involved in the production and utilization of tropical and sub-tropical crops. 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
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1