Study programmes / C-HE Horticultural Engineering / Tropical and Subtropical Fruit Production
Course code:OTS
Course title in language of instruction:Ovocnictví tropů a subtropů
Course title in Czech:Ovocnictví tropů a subtropů
Course title in English:Tropical and Subtropical Fruit Production
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; master continuing
Semester:WS 2018/2019 - FH
Name of lecturer:Ing. Ivo Ondrášek, Ph.D. (supervisor)
Aims of the course:Students will acquire basic information and an overview of fruit production from the subtropics and tropics. Among the basic topics of the lectures belongs climatological, pedological characteristics of areas of the tropics and subtropics, taxonomy and description of the trade important fruit species. The attention will also be given to the kinds of local importance. The individual fruit species will be introduced for the botanical classification, origin and distribution, botanical characteristics, technology reproduction and cultivation, harvesting and utilization of significance or fruits.
Course contents:
1.Climatologically-ecological characteristics of tropical and subtropical areas. Center of origin of crop plants in the tropics and subtropics. (allowance 0/0)
2.World production of subtropical and tropical fruit, a major export countries, the development of world production. (allowance 0/0)
a.Citrus taxonomy and most important species in the comercional production.

3.The genus of Citrus - ecological requirements of individual groups, the importance and use of fruit, world production. (allowance 0/0)
4.Deciduous subtropical species with the market relevance (allowance 0/0)
5.The tropical fruit species with commercial value - classification and characteristics (allowance 0/0)
6.The possibility of storing, the specifics of harvest and post-harvest treatment, grading, disease and pests. (allowance 0/0)
7.Taxon Web - introduction of students with the use of a web portal in the classroom, in the study range of plants.
This topic has been in the teaching of inclusion within the project implementation OPVK: Nonverbal and other innovative forms of support in teaching at the Faculty of Horticulture in Lednice, registration number: CZ.1.07/2.2.00/15.0084.
(allowance 0/0)
8.Innovation of the Course Subtropical and tropical Fruit Growing was funded by the project OPVK for degree programs Innovation of Horticultural courses, reg. No. CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0220 (allowance 0/0)

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to communicate with professionals in different field of study
-ability to understand foreign cultures and customes
-ability to work in international context
-skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-Ability to understand the physiology of growth and flowering
-Fruit species and varieties.
-The importance of substance composition of fruit and their using.
-The orchard management of commercional fruit species.

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:-oral exam (80%)
-seminar work with presentation (20%)

Evaluation scale by ECTS from A (the best) to F (the worst)
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture14 h
     practice14 h
     seminar2 h
     field work4 h
     consultation20 h
     preparation for exam72 h
     preparation for regular assessment12 h
     preparation for regular testing2 h
Total140 h

Basic reading list
  • Fruits of warm climates. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 1987. 505 p. ISBN 0-9653360-7-7.
  • KRŠKA, B. -- ONDRÁŠEK, I. Subtropické ovoce - vybrané druhy. 1st ed. Brno: MZLU, 2005. 73 p. ISBN 80-7157-906-8.
  • ONDRÁŠEK, I. -- DORAZIL, M. -- JANDÁK, J. -- KRŠKA, B. Tropické ovocné druhy. Brno: Mendelu, 2011. 166 p. ISBN 978-80-7375-570-6.
  • ONDRÁŠEK, I. Ovocné druhy tropů a subtropů - Elektronická opora - Podpořeno projektem OPVK CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0220 .  [online]. 2014. URL:
Recommended reading list
  • David E. Ramos Walnut production manual ISBN: 1879906279, 9781879906273
  • David Jackson, Norman E. Looney, Michael Morley-Bunker Temperate and Subtropical Fruit Production ISBN: 1845935012
  • MENDELOVA UNIVERZITA V BRNĚ. ZAHRADNICKÁ FAKULTA. Taxon Web: Nonverbální a jiné inovativní formy podpory ve výuce na Zahradnické fakultě v Lednici, reg. č.: CZ.1.07/2.2.00/15.0084 [online]. Lednice: Mendelova univerzita v Brně, Zahradnická fakulta, 2013. Dostupné z:
  • Milind S. Ladaniya Citrus fruit: biology, technology and evaluation ISBN: 0123741300, 9780123741301