Study programmes / B-HE Horticultural Engineering / Plant Nutrition and Fertilization I
Course code:KVHR
Course title in language of instruction:K-Výživa a hnojení rostlin
Course title in Czech:K-Výživa a hnojení rostlin
Course title in English:Plant Nutrition and Fertilization I
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (6 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:part-time, 19/10
(part-time, lectures per period / seminars per period)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:bachelor
Semester:WS 2018/2019 - FH
Name of lecturer:doc. Ing. Petr Škarpa, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Aims of the course:Student receives these knowledge and skills:
- about soil milieu in the vegetable-growing, vineyard and orchard
- about importance of nutrients for these cultures and the influence of soil properties on yield and quality of plant production
- about principles of application of mineral and organic fertilizers
- about principles of precise fertilization of vegetable, vineyard and orchard
Course contents:
1.Agrochemical soil properties (allowance 2/1)
2.Nutrients in soil and their changes, macroelements and microelements (allowance 2/1)
3.Chemical composition of plants (allowance 2/1)
4.Nutrient uptake and transport, foliar application (allowance 2/1)
5.Importance of plant nutrients, symptoms of their surplus and deficiency (allowance 2/1)
6.Mineral and organic fertilizers (allowance 2/1)
7.Organic and mineral fertilization, liming (allowance 1/1)
8.Principles of nutrition and fertilization of vegetable (allowance 2/1)
9.Principles of nutrition and fertilization of grapevine (allowance 2/1)
10.Principles of nutrition and fertilization of orchard (allowance 2/1)

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to analyse and synthesize
-ability to apply knowledge
-ability to solve problems
-capacity to learn
-general knowledge
-professional knowledge
-skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-A capability to optimise nutrition of cultural plants with mineral and organic fertilisers
-Ability to competently determine symptoms of nutrients deficiency
-Ability to optimize management of vegetables, vine and fruit crops nutrition
-Basic knowledge about mineral and organic fertilisers
-Basic knowledge about soil fertility
-Basic knowledge about vegetables, vine and fruit crops nutrition
-Knowledge in the field of nutrition and fertilization of horticultural crops

Type of course unit:required
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:evaluation of participation in seminars (100%)
submission of proceedings (reports) during the semester
final seminar written test (the minimal requirements for passing 80% )
final examination (length 50 min, written, 5 questions, the minimal requirements for passing 80% )
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodCombined form
Direct teaching
     lecture19 h
     practice2 h
     laboratory work8 h
     consultation20 h
     preparation for exam60 h
     preparation for regular assessment25 h
     elaboration of reports24 h
     elaboration and execution of projects10 h
Total168 h

Basic reading list
  • RYANT, P. et al. Multimediální učební texty z výživy rostlin.  [online]. 2003. URL:
  • ŠKARPA, P. Laboratorní výuka z výživy rostlin.  [online]. 2010. URL:
  • RICHTER, R. -- HLUŠEK, J. Výživa a hnojení rostlin: (I.obecná část). 1. vyd. Brno: VŠZ v Brně, 1994. 171 p. ISBN 80-7157-138-5.
  • RICHTER, R. -- HŘIVNA, L. -- HLUŠEK, J. Výživa a hnojení rostlin: praktická cvičení. 1. vyd. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 1999. 187 p. ISBN 80-7157-346-9.
  • HLUŠEK, J. -- RICHTER, R. -- RYANT, P. Výživa a hnojení zahradních plodin. 1. vyd. Praha: Martin Sedláček, 2002. 81 p. ISBN 80-902413-5-2.
  • Mineral nutrition of higher plants. 2. vyd. London: Academic Press, 889 p. ISBN 0-12-473543-6.