The aim of the course is to provide information and tools regarding the cultivation of vegetables and ornamental plants in protected environments. In particular the best agricultural practice consideriche the eco-physiological crop responses.
Expected learning outcomes
Students after the course will be able to manage the cultivation in protected, in order to improve or increase the resources use efficiency without compromise the yield and quality of the produce.
Lesson period: Second semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
1. Introduction to protected cultivation systems. 1.1. Vegetables growing systems: protected and open field cultivations 1.2. Idiffusion and importance of protected cultivation in Italy 1.3. Classification of protected cultivations 2. Greenhouse structures and forms 2.1. Cover materials 2.2. Energy balance in greenhouse and heating power estimation 2.3. Spectra of solar radiation 3. Temperature management 3.1. Cooling and heating systems 3.2. Greenhouse and environment control 4. Irrigation management 4.1. Evaluation of water needs 4.2. Greenhouse irrigation methods 4.3. Water quality 5. Hydroponics system 5.1. Substrates 5.2. Chemical and physical proprieties of substrates 5.3. Open and closed systems 5.4. Nutrient solution management 5.5. Sterilization of ricirculation solution 6. Plant growth regulators 6.1. Rooting treatments 6.2. Flowering 6.3. Fruit set improvement 7. Vegetables 7.1. Vegetables growing systems 8. Strategies for improving quality in greenhouse 8.1. Nitrates control in vegetables 8.2. Herbaceous grafting 8.3. Greenhouse pollination.
Prerequisites for admission
Knowledge related to botany, plant physiology, agronomy and herbaceous crops.
The course includes lectures on theoretical parts and laboratory exercises and field visits for practical parts.
The teaching material is available on the Ariel website.
Assessement methods and criteria
The exam can be passed through two written tests during the course (lasting 2 hours), the first concerning the first part of the course and will be held during the period of suspension of teaching provided by the academic calendar and the second at the end of the course. During the year, the exam can be taken by oral examination with questions on the lectures and practical program (eg energy balance of a greenhouse).