Michigan State launches online 'College of Knowledge' courses

Michigan State launches online 'College of Knowledge' courses

Registration for four courses - Abiotic Disorders of Greenhouse Crops, Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting, Biological Control for Greenhouse Growers and Floriculture Root Zone Management - ends on Dec. 11.

November 28, 2020

Register for the latest sessions of four self-paced courses in Michigan State University Extension’s Online College of Knowledge greenhouse series: Abiotic Disorders of Greenhouse CropsGreenhouse and Horticultural LightingBiological Control for Greenhouse Growers and Floriculture Root Zone Management.

The courses serve as an excellent resource for greenhouse growers new to the industry or those who want to learn more about other areas of greenhouse crop production or pest management. All courses except Abiotic Disorders of Greenhouses Crops are available in English and Spanish.

These non-credit courses in the series are pre-recorded and registrants have three months to complete the courses: Dec. 1, 2020 to Feb. 28, 2020. Students in the course will take a pre-test and a final exam to gauge their learning on the topics. Registrants also can complete the optional self-assessment quizzes to engage with the material throughout the course. Each course is $129 and there are three scholarships per course available to those with financial need.

Registration for all courses ends Dec. 11, 2020.

The Abiotic Disorders of Greenhouse Crops course is intended for greenhouse and ornamental plant growers who are interested in learning what factors induce or contribute to the onset of abiotic disorders of greenhouse crops. The course covers an introduction to diagnostics, differentiating biotic and abiotic plant problems, and plant symptoms as a result of the following nutritional, environmental, or cultural factors: pH, EC, light intensity, photoperiod, ethylene, chemical phytotoxicity, and herbicide damage. This course will guide you through the diagnostic process to learn what abiotic factors can cause plant problems causing top growth symptoms or root symptoms. Michigan State University Extension partnered with Dr. Garrett Owen (former Greenhouse Outreach Specialist at MSU) and current assistant Extension professor in the Department Horticulture at the University of Kentucky to develop the course.

MSU Extension partnered with Raymond Cloyd from Kansas State University Extension to offer an online course on biological control pest management. It is intended for growers interested in learning about the challenges and opportunities associated with a biological control pest management program. The content of the course covers introductory materials to more advanced concepts such as using banker plants.

The Floriculture Root Zone Management course is for beginning-level floriculture growers. It covers the fundamental concepts about irrigation water, media and their effects on plant nutrition. The course covers water sources, water quality, water treatment, irrigation methodology and substrate components. The final unit of the course covers the essential elements for plant nutrition, how to select a fertilizer and how to monitor nutrition of greenhouse crops.

The Greenhouse and Horticultural Lighting Course is intended for greenhouse and ornamental plant growers and others interested in learning about the fundamental concepts about how plants respond to light quality, quantity and duration. It provides introductory to moderately-challenging content based on experiments performed at MSU. The units in the course cover photoperiod, photoperiodic lighting, light quality, quantity and duration, and factors that should be considered when replacing or installing new lamps.

Register for all of the courses by clicking here.