HRT 204: Plant Propagation

Instructors

  • Dr. Brad Rowe (lead)
    1066 Bogue St, Room A212
    East Lansing, MI 48824
    (517) 353-0334
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HRT 204: Plant Propagation

Credits and Offerings

  • 2 credits (2 lecture and 3 lab hours every week)
  • Spring Semester every year - first 10 weeks only

Course objectives

  1. Provide a theoretical and practical understanding of asexual and sexual propagation techniques.
  2. Hands-on experience in propagation techniques such as rooting of cuttings, micropropagation, grafting, layering, seed scarification and stratification, temperature and seed moisture effects, and priming and pregermination.

 Topics

  • Genetic variation
  • Rooted cuttings
  • Micropropagation
  • Grafting
  • Layering
  • Specialized underground structures
  • Commercial seed industry
  • Seed storage and quality
  • Seed germination, requirements, dormancy
  • Seedling production systems
  • Plant patents and trademarks

Activities

  • Rooting of herbaceous and woody cuttings
  • Priming and pregermination of seeds
  • Seed moisture effects
  • Air layering of Ficus trees
  • Micropropagation/Tissue culture
  • Scarification and Stratification
  • Oral presentation