Applied Principles of Horticultural Science
By Laurie Brown
Routledge – 2008 – 344 pages
Applied Principles of Horticultural Science is that critical thing for all students of horticulture - a book that teaches the theory of horticultural science through the practice of horticulture itelf.
The book is divided into three sections - Plant science, Soil science, Pest and disease. Each section contains a number of chapters relating to a major principle of applied horticulture. Each chapter starts with a key point summary and introduces the underpinning knowledge which is then reinforced by exercises. The book contains over 70 practical exercises, presented in a way that makes students think for themselves. Answers to the exercises are given at the end of chapters. Clear step-by-step instructions make practical work accessible to students of all abilities.
This new third edition provides an even wider sweep of case studies to make this book an essential practical workbook for horticulture students and gardners alike. Updated material fits with the latest RHS, City and Guilds and Edexcel syllabus. It is particularly suitable for the RHS Certificate, Advanced Certificate and Edexcel Diplomas as well as for those undertaking NPTC National, Advanced National courses and Horticulture NVQs at levels 2 and 3, together with the new Diploma in Environmental and Land-based studies.
Laurie Brown is a horticultural scientist and educator. He is Director of Academex, a consultancy company aspiring to excellence in teaching and learning. Laurie previously worked with the Standards Unit on the design of exemplary teaching resources in the land-based sector.
'This is the book I have been waiting for. It is superb, an excellent resource for teachers and lecturers alike.'
Doug Stewart, Bishop Burton College, U.K.
'It gives an excellent application of theoretical learning through practical activity…Very suitable for students following independent learning programmes.'
Steve Hewitt, National Agricultural Centre
'Easy to read and very relevant to National Certificate, BTEC, and RHS courses.'
Nigel White, Lecturer, Moulton College, U.K.
'There is really no other book which covers this topic as clearly as this book'
Ian Merrick, Oaklands College
About the author
Part One: Plant Science
1. Plant kingdom:classification and nomenclature
2. Seed propagation (viability and vigour)
4. Weed-biology and control
5. The leaf and photosynthesis
6. Respiration and storage
7. Plant water
8. Water transportation pathways and processes
9. Flower structure
Part Two: Soil Science
10. Soil formation and texture
11. Soil structure and profiles
12. Soil water
13. Measuring soil pH
14. Raising soil pH
15. Lowering soil pH (increasing soil acidity)
16. Soil organisms and composting
17. Soil organic matter
18. Plant nutrition
Part Three: Pest and Disease
21. Insects and mites
23. Biological control