AGRO/HORT 824: Plant Nutrition & Nutrient Management

Spring 2020: Jan. 13-May 8Image of potted strawberry plants in greenhouse.
Instructor: Lead instructor is Dr. Ellen Paparozzi

Class No.: AGRO/HORT 824

Credits:  Three graduate academic credits
This course is only offered for academic credit.
Certified Crop Advisors may earn six Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in the Pest Management area.

Academic Credit via MyRed
AG*IDEA students, not at UNL, should register through their campus coordinator.


This course focuses on macro- and micronutrient elements and their function in the growth and development of plants. Emphasis is placed on the uptake and transport of mineral elements from the soil into and throughout the plant; the role of single elements; interactions/balances between elements; and nutrient deficiency/toxicity symptoms as they affect the physiology of the whole plant. Relationship between crop nutrition, production and environmental considerations, e.g., yield, drought, temperature, pests.  Strong background in biochemistry and plant physiology needed with the ability to perform continuous algebraic calculations.


Students have the option of attending a traditional face-to-face class on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus or participating entirely via the Internet. The resident class section will meet on days and times to be announced. Distance students will be able to access archived lectures posted to Blackboard or Canvas.


High-speed Internet access, an updated browser and email. Ability to view video files and work with Microsoft Office Products and Adobe Acrobat.

  • Plant Physiology, 5th Edition. Authors: Lincoln Taiz and Eduardo Zeiger. 2010. Sinauer Press (Required)
  • Mineral Nutrition of Plants: Principles and Perspectives, 2nd Edition. Authors: Emanuel Epstein and Arnold J. Bloom. 2005. Sinauer Press (Supplementary).
  • Purchase both texts from the University Bookstore or
Course Prerequisites

Completion of AGRO 325 - Plant Physiology, or equivalent basic course in plant physiology is required; a Soil course; a course in organic chemistry or biochemistry with strong plant science/biology; and algebra background are highly recommended.


For information on tuition and fees, please visit the Students Accounts website. 
If you are taking this course as part of a Horticulture Certificate, visit the AG*IDEA Tuition webpage.

Who It's For
  • Upper-level undergraduate students interested in plant nutrition 
  • Graduate students in a related master's degree program 
  • Students in a graduate or undergraduate certificate program 
  • Graduate students from Ag*Idea programs
  • Horticultural extension educators, agents and specialists