Study programmes / B-AGB Agrobiology / Medical and Aromatic Crops Science
Course code:PLAKR
Course title in language of instruction:Pěstování LAKR
Course title in Czech:Pěstování LAKR
Course title in English:Medical and Aromatic Crops Science
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (5 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 2/2
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:bachelor
Semester:SS 2018/2019 - FA
Name of lecturer:Ing. Rastislav Boško (instructor)
Ing. Jana Gernešová (instructor)
Ing. Helena Pluháčková, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Aims of the course:The aim of the course is to gain knowledge of medical, aromatic and spice crops and the possibilities of their use for diverse processing areas with regard to quality. The objective is to acquire advanced knowledge that will enable critical understanding of medical and aromatic crops growing.
Students will gain complex skills necessary for growing realization with consideration to quality and broad use of these species in different processing areas. The goal is to prepare students so that they are competent to independently manage growing and processing of medical and aromatic crops prior to delivery to the final processor.
Course contents:
1.Introduction, growing development in CR and the world, legislation in regard to medical and aromatic crops. (allowance 2/0) (allowance 2/0)
2.Substances contained in medical plants and possibilities to influence them by growing treatments. Medical and aromatic plants recognition according to seeds. (allowance 2/4) (allowance 2/4)
3.Basics of pharmacognosis, active ingredients in medical and aromatic crops. (allowance 4/0) (allowance 4/0)
4.Basics of growing medical and aromatic plants for flower, leaves, roots and fruit production. (allowance 8/8) (allowance 8/8)
a.Characteristics of Apiaceae, Lamiaceae, Asteraceae, Boraginaceae, Scrophulariaceae, Solanaceae, Rosaceae families and their representatives
b.Recognition of medical and aromatic plants

5.Growing technologies of species intended for pharmaceutical and industrial processing (milk thistle, rye ergot, caraway, fennel, coriander). (allowance 8/10) (allowance 8/10)
a.Dry, semi liquid and liquid extract, preparation of dragees and other phytopharmaceuticals.
b.Infusion, decoction, leachate and their correct preparation.

6.New species of medical and aromatic crops -- plants with stimulating effects. Evaluation criteria of a commercial product according to the Czech pharmacopoeia and public notice 331 of the food law. (allowance 4/6) (allowance 4/6)

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to apply knowledge
-ability to create new ideas (creativity)
-capacity to learn
-general knowledge
-professional knowledge
-quality concept awareness
-resolve to succeed

Specific competences:
-Mastering the principles of qualitative evaluation of medicinal herbs
-Orientation in the area of medicinal herbs grown and gathered in wild nature
-Orientation in the area of medicinal herbs grown on arable land
-The ability to deal with questions of medicinal plants production, including post-harvest treatment with regard to the quality

Type of course unit:optional
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:Final oral exam.
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture28 h
     practice10 h
     laboratory work8 h
     professional educational excursion6 h
     colloquium4 h
     preparation for exam40 h
     preparation for regular assessment20 h
     preparation for regular testing10 h
     preparation of presentation8 h
     elaboration of reports6 h
Total140 h

Basic reading list
  • NEUGEBAUEROVÁ, J. Pěstování léčivých kořeninových rostlin. Brno: MZLU, 2006. 122 p. ISBN 80-7157-997-1.
  • KOCOURKOVÁ, B. -- PLUHÁČKOVÁ, H. -- RŮŽIČKOVÁ, G. Pěstování speciálních plodin. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2014. 100 p. ISBN 978-80-7509-020-1.
  • KOCOURKOVÁ, B. -- PLUHÁČKOVÁ, H. -- HABÁN, M. Léčivé, aromatické a kořeninové rostliny a základy fytoterapie. 1st ed. 108 p. ISBN 978-80-7509-351-6.
Recommended reading list
  • DUKE, J A. -- DUKE, P K. Duke's handbook of medicinal plants of the Bible. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 528 p. ISBN 0-8493-8202-5.
  • DUKE, J A. et al. Handbook of medicinal herbs. 2nd ed. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 870 p. ISBN 0-8493-1284-1.
  • HABÁN, M. -- VAVERKOVÁ, Š. -- OTEPKA, P. Liečivé rastliny. Nitra : Slovenská poľnohospodárská univerzita , 2009. 134 p. ISBN 978-80-552-0177-1.