HPP-21306 Crop Ecology


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work1
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. E Heuvelink
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. E Heuvelink
drs. MJ Bakker
dr. JB Evers
ing. MTMH Lubbers
dr. ir. ing. AGT Schut
Examiner(s)dr. ir. E Heuvelink

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

PPH-10806 Structure and Funtion of Plants.

Continuation courses:

HPP-20306 Physiology and Development of Plants in Horticulture, FTE-31306 Greenhouse Technology.


Obtain and deepen knowledge and insight in physical and crop physiological aspects of crop cultivations. Get acquainted with abiotic interactions between crop and environment. Learn to apply systematically crop physiological and crop ecological principles in both open field and greenhouse cropping systems, against a background of crop technological and socio-economic constraints. Crop production and plant growth is described by mathematical equations to enable the quantification of effects of environmental conditions.

Learning outcomes:

After thoroughly studying the written materials and active participation in the lectures and practicals, the student is expected to be able to:
- think in and work with energy-, CO2-, and water balances, state and rate variables in relation to the interaction between crop and abiotic environment;
- explain how abiotic factors like radiation, crop temperature, soil or substrate pF and air humidity influence crop growth and product quality;
- understand models that describe crop growth, crop development and the interaction between crop and abiotic environment (physics) and can use these models to predict, depending on radiation, temperature, water and nutrient uptake, crop growth, crop development and feedback between crop and abiotic environment;
- express damage by pests and diseases in crop physiological parameters and quantify this damage;
- apply physical, crop physiological and crop ecological principles in both field and greenhouse cropping systems.


- attend lectures;
- participate in practicals;
- written report on practical assignments;
- participate in excursions.


- written exam with open questions (75%, minimum mark required: 5.5);
- practical assignment (25%, minimum mark required: 5.5, valid for 2 years).


Course syllabus.
Practical book.

Compulsory for: BPWPlant SciencesBScB: Plant Production and Ecology5MO
Restricted Optional for: MPSPlant SciencesMScA: Crop Science5MO
MPSPlant SciencesMScB: Greenhouse Horticulture5MO