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Horticultural Science

Horticultural Science

Release Date: In development for launch in January 2023

Lead Organisation: Aberystwyth University

This module will explore the underlying scientific principles which enable the practice of sustainable horticulture in a wide range of disciplines and professions. It will cover the above and below ground biology and interactions that enable plant health and the micro and macro environmental strategies that can be utilised to maximise plant performance and/or ecosystem services. Specifically, the module will teach you about

‘Plant life above ground’ – to include topics such as:

  • Plant taxonomy and nomenclature
  • Plant physiology
  • Plant biology
  • Plant genetics and managing genetic resources

‘Plant life below ground’ – to include topics such as:

  • Soil structure and composition
  • Soil biogeochemistry/nutrient cycling
  • Soil microfauna and macrofauna
  • Root/soil interactions

‘Macro-environmental strategies’ – to include topics such as:

  • Carbon management
  • Hydrological management
  • Integrated pest and disease management (IPDM)
  • Environmental manipulation


Tutors Name
Dr Sarah Watson-Jones
Dr Peter Wootton-Beard