Classes are held Monday through Friday, beginning at 8:30 AM and ending between 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM daily. Typically, class lectures will be held in the mornings and field trips to commercial orchards, nurseries, and educational and research institutions will be made in the afternoon.
The course will emphasize applied aspects of research, the physiological basis for horticultural practices used, and the practices of commercial tropical and subtropical fruit crop production in Florida and the world. Other subject matter will include crop physiology and modern production methods.
Guest lectures will be offered in tissue culture/biotechnology, soil and water science, environmental plant physiology, insect and disease management, hydrology, postharvest physiology and handling, agricultural economics, germplasm collection and retention, and genetics and plant breeding.