Pomology I


The course Pomology I at 5th semester of the Department of Agriculture Crop Production and Rural Environment: a) covers the general pomology subjects related to the tree ecology and physiology, planning and impelmentin a new orchard and applying the cultural practices and manipulations of fruit crop with emphasis in integrated and organic management, b) studies separately the economic importance, genetic material, morphology and physiology, soil and climate requirements, propagation and cultural practices necessary to produce high quality fruit for the main pip and sttone fruit species grown in Greece.


Objectives

The course is an introductory course to the science of tree fruit cultivation. The course material is destined to introduce the students to the basic understanding of botany and physiology of fruit tree and its parts, the relationship between tree and environment, the general knowledge of cultural practices applied in an orchard and postharvest handling of fruits. The course also refers to basic knowledge on sustainable use of inputs, certification of fruit production, environmentally-friendly plant production, evaluation of cultural practices on tree performance, fruit quality, humans and environment, so that the student will complete his/her understanding about management of tree fruit production business. The course uses knowledge from various specialized courses related to plant production to practically apply them to fruit science. It is also the basic knowledge for more specialised courses in the syllabus. Finally, the scope of the course is the development of global knowledge for tree functioning and the necessary sustainable practices to be applied to sustainable, environmentally-friendly fruit production. With the completion of course requirements the student is able to: • To understand the basic knowledge of pomology, as these are interconnected with the agricultural sciences particular subjects • Has the basic knowledge of the tools and techniques to sustainable cultivation of fruit trees cultivated or able to be cultivated in Greece • Has the capacity to explore, evaluate and use new knowledge from literature sources outside the ones used in the course • Is able to study and discriminate the critical points needing improvements in an fruit tree company or study the establishment and guide the developers for a new tree fruit establishment to successful results • Is in position to understand and evaluate the negative consequences from a biotic or abiotic factor to the crop and is able to find preventive or curative methods to avoid or minimize negative consequences • Has the basic communication skills to interact with his/her co-students, instructor and various stakeholders in fruit tree cultivation matters.


Prerequisites

Plant physiology Plant anatomy


Syllabus

i. Basic knowledge on tree botany, latin nomenclature, discrimination between families of cultivated tree species and their general characteristics ii. Environment and fruit tree production iii. Basic description, application and understanding of each cultural practice of fruit trees iv. Environmentally-friendly cultivation methods for fruit trees and certification v. Analysis of each cultural practice applied to pome fruit (apple, pear, quince) and the postharvest handling of their products vi. Analysis of each cultural practice applied to stone fruit (peach, plum, apricot, cherry) and the postharvest handling of their products vii. Evaluation of problems arising from the cultivation of the above mentioned fruit tree species and development-application of methods-techniques to avoid or reduce crop losses or fruit quality losses in the framework of environmentally-friendly cultivation to protect the environment, the non-target organisms and humans.

COURSE DETAILS

Level:

Type:

Undergraduate

(A+)


Instructors: George Nanos
Department: Dept. of Agriculture, Crop Production and Rural Environment
Institution: University of Thessaly
Subject: Other Agricultural Sciences
Rights: CC - Attribution

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