Physiology of Fruit Trees

Course description:

This course covers issues concerning physiology and effects of various factors and techniques on fruit tree growth and development. Also, the water relations and nutrition of fruit trees are studied. Emphasis is also given on the relations between a) vegetative and floral development and b) root and shoot growth. Finally, there is a focus on the effects of environmental stress and growth regulators on fruit quality as well as on alternate bearing in fruit trees.


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Suggested textbooks:

1) Maib K.M. (1996) Tree Fruit Physiology. Washington State Univ. Proceedings. 165 p.

2) Hopkins G.W. and Huner P.A. (2020) Plant Physiology. Broken Hill Publishers, 780 p. [In Greek]

3) Τaiz L. και Zeiger E. (2012) Plant Physiology. Utopia Publications. 5th American edition and 1st Greek edition, Greece, p. 949 [In Greek].

4) Tsekos I. (2007) Plant Physiology. Kyriakidis Bros Publications, Greece p. 784 [In Greek]. Supplemental material is available via the course web page.


Course objectives:

-to provide students with knowledge of the physiological processes related to growth and development of fruit trees

-to introduce students to the main factors of growth and production of fruit trees

-to introduce students to the effects of cultural practices on fruit tree performance

-to provide students with integrated orchard management techniques


Grading plan:

Final grade will be weighted as follows: Final written exam (80%) and homework with presentation (20%)