952333 Organic horticulture (vegetables and ornamentals)

Lecture and field trip
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Balas, Johannes , Grausgruber, Heinrich , Vogl, Christian R.
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


This course is part of international master curricula. In this course, different aspects of organic horticulture (supply chain, soil, breeding and production / vegetable and ornamentals) will be illuminated.
Lecturers from different academic disciplines as well as invited guest-lecturers (option) will present various views and aspects of organic horticulture. Excursions for students are planned (which is not easy due to the season). The students are encouraged to investigate not only research topics of organic horticulture but also to understand the necessity of linking scientific research with practical demands and reported problems by farmers/gardeners.

Previous knowledge expected

Basic knowledge of organic farming/horticulture is suggested.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Based on this course the students will have gained an understanding of the different interlinking aspects and challenges in the biological production of vegetables and ornamentals. They will be able to analyze problems and work-out innovative solutions.
Students will investigate how to identify and analyze those various aspects, gather insight into the link between scientific research and practical realities of organic horticulture, and to conduct scientific literature searches in an efficient way.

Regarding the excursion(s), the needed information will be given at the first session (obligatory attendance for the course participants) and the relevant tasks cover 25% of the final mark. All supplies and tasks have been adapted to the COVID-19 conditions.
Without participating and writing the relevant report of the field trips, the final given mark for the course can be only based on 75 % of the total points.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.