Short Title:Plant Nutrition
Full Title:Plant Nutrition
Module Code:HTSC H1027
 
ECTS credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Contributor:Harold Lawlor
Module Description:The module will provide the learner with the basic scientific fundamentals of plant nutrition. It will focus on the study of the essential individual plant nutrients and on a range of methods used to provide adequate nutrients for plant growth.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Discuss the role of the essential major and minor nutrients in plant nutrition
  2. Identify deficiency and toxicity symptoms in plants for major and minor nutrients and discuss appropriate solutions
  3. Outline the properties of the different fertilisers used in the horticulture industry to include organic, water soluble and controlled release fertilisers
  4. Describe, operate and calibrate a range of fertiliser application equipment
  5. Explain the significance of the bicarbonate level in irrigation water and give details of methods used to cope with this problem
  6. Outline the Nitrate and Phosphate Directives and discuss their relevance in horticulture
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Essential Plant Nutrients
Role of the essential major and minor nutrients in plant nutrition. Mineral content of each nutrient in plant material
Sources of Nutrients
Differences between organic and inorganic fertilisers. Range and types of inorganic fertiliser used in the horticulture industry. Calculate the percentage nutrient in fertilisers. Nutrient recycling in the soil
Nutrient Deficiency and Toxicity Symptoms
Symptoms associated with deficiencies and toxicities of the essential plant nutrients. Conditions that cause these conditions and recommendations for correcting these symptoms
Fertiliser Application Methods
Different types of irrigation systems and their control mechanisms. Stock solutions, preparation and strength of feeds for a range of different liquid feed programmes
Water Quality
Parameters to establish the quality of irrigation water. The importance and or relevance of pH, EC and alkalinity of water. Methods available to treat the pH of water and remove excess alkalinity
EU Nitrate and Phosphate Directives
Significance of Nitrate and Phosphate Directives on fertiliser use, drinking water quality, biodiversity and the environment
Indicative Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work Assessment %50.00%
Final Exam Assessment %50.00%
Course Work Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Learners will be required to identify deficiency symptoms associated with major and minor nutrients 2 15.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation Make up stock solutions, set up, calibrate and operate a Dosatron, 4 20.00 n/a
Short Answer Questions Role of nutrients, properties of fertilisers and water quality 1,3,5 15.00 n/a
Final Exam Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,3,5,6 50.00 End-of-Semester
Indicative Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

ITB reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Indicative Module Workload & Resources

Indicative Workload: Full Time
Frequency Indicative Average Weekly Learner Workload
Every Week 2.00
Every Week 2.00
Every Week 2.00
Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • K. Mengel and E.A.Kirkby, Principles of Plant Nutrition, 5th Ed. [ISBN: 9789401010092]
  • Allen V. Barker, David J. Pilbeam 2006, Handbook of plant nutrition, Taylor & Francis Boca Raton, FL [ISBN: 0824759044]
  • Cees Sonneveld, Wim Voogt, Plant Nutrition of Greenhouse Crops, Springer [ISBN: 9048125316]
  • J. Benton Jones Jr., Plant Nutrition and Soil Fertility Manual, Second Edition, CRC Press [ISBN: 1439816093]
  • Petra Marschner (Editor), Marschner's Mineral Nutrition of Higher Plants, Third Edition, Academic Press [ISBN: 0123849055]
  • Emanuel Epstein, Arnold J. Bloom 2005, Mineral nutrition of plants, Sinauer Associates Sunderland, Mass. [ISBN: 0878931724]
  • Horst Marschner, Mineral nutrition of higher plants, London ; Academic Press, 1995. [ISBN: 0124735436]
  • general editor, J. B. D. Robinson 1983, Diagnosis of mineral disorders in plants, Principles, H.M.S.O. London [ISBN: 0112408052]
  • 1983, Diagnosis of mineral disorders in plants, Vegetables, HMSO London [ISBN: 0112408044]
  • Diagnosis of Mineral Disorders in Plants, Glasshouse crops, London HMSO 1987 [ISBN: 0112427235]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Cees Sonneveld, Wim Voogt, Plant Nutrition of Greenhouse Crops, Springer [ISBN: 9789048125319]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
BN_SHTSC_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture [240 ECTS credits] 2 Mandatory
BN_SHTSC_7 Bachelor of Science in Horticulture [180 ECTS credits] 2 Mandatory