COURSE CODE: HRT 504
COURSE TITLE: PROPAGATION OF HORTICULTURAL CROPS
NUMBER OF UNITS: 2 UNITS
COURSE DURATION: 2 Hours per week
Course Coordinator: Dr M. A. O. Okelana B.Sc., M.Sc. Ph.D.
Other Lecturers: Dr L. A. Hammed
Propagation Defined: major types of propagation – sexual and vegetative. Definition and importance of nursery. Nursery management techniques and implication for horticultural crops. Factors of nursery establishment. Fruit tree propagation. Selection and preparation of nursery site. Propagation structures and techniques, seeds, tissue culture, stem cutting, layering, grafting, budding, etc. Definition and importance of micro and macro propagation. Introduction to biotechnology. Physiological basis of plant culture at cellular level. Potting media. Nutrient basis in tissue culture. Environmental control in tissue culture. Influence of pathogens on culture propagates.
Practical: Identification of suitable plants and plant parts for tissue culture. Identification, preparation, utilization and maintenance of culture media and propagation equipment. Production of plant clones.