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Horticultural Science

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Release Date: Sept 2024

Lead Organisation: IBERS, Aberystwyth University

This module will explore the underlying scientific principles that unlock the practice of sustainable horticulture. A robust understanding of these principles will prepare students with a wide range of connections to horticulture to apply a common language and fundamental knowledge base to respond to critical global challenges including climate change mitigation and adaptation, food security, halting biodiversity loss, and the transition to a zero-carbon economy within this diverse sector. 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.  

Topics include:

  • Plant nomenclature and taxonomy
  • Plant biology – structure, physiology and reproduction
  • Plant genetic resources – importance, evaluation and conservation
  • Soil structure and composition
  • Soil ecology and health
  • Soil nutrient cycling
  • Root/soil interactions
  • Alternatives to peat-based compost
  • Integrated pest, disease, and weed management
  • Routes to net-zero
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Qualifications which this Module may be Used Towards

PGCert Nuffield Farming Scholarship Option
MSc Agrifood Innovation Option
MRes Agrifood Innovation Option
Professional Doctorate in BioInnovation Option


Tutors Name
Dr Sarah Watson-Jones

Downloadable Resources

Research Proposal Form Brochure