HPP-21306 Quantitative Aspects of Crop Production


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work1
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)TN Kerstens
dr. ir. E Heuvelink
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. E Heuvelink
dr. ir. ing. AGT Schut
ing. MTMH Lubbers
dr. JB Evers
Examiner(s)dr. ir. E Heuvelink

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

PPH-10806 Structure and Function of Plants.

Continuation courses:

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


Note: This course can not be combined in an individual programme with HPP-23806 Crops, Physiology and Environment.

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 successful completion of this course students are 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 assignments and multiple choice test (25%, minimum mark required: 5.5, valid for 2 years).


Course syllabus.
Practical book.

Compulsory for: BPWPlant SciencesBScB: Spec. B - Plant Production and Ecology5MO
Restricted Optional for: BATBiosystems EngineeringBSc5MO
MPSPlant SciencesMScA: Spec. A - Crop Science5MO
MPSPlant SciencesMScB: Spec. B - Greenhouse Horticulture5MO