Plant Science

Division: Agriculture
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Students completing this area of study will have a foundation for the field of Plant Science, through the study of soil, irrigation, weed control, plant diseases and pest, fertilizers, and cultivation of crops and will acquire skills in crop production to maximize yields as well as profits.

Contact Information

Plant Science Faculty Contact

Charles Abee | (559) 688-3141 | charlesa@cos.edu
Tulare Center Building B: 208 | Tulare Campus

Agriculture Division Chair

Kim Pitigliano | (559) 688-3117 | kimp@cos.edu
Tulare Center Building B: 104 | Tulare Campus

Provost - Tulare College Center, Dean of Agriculture  

C. Louann Waldner, Ph.D. | (559) 688-3050 | louannw@cos.edu 
Tulare Center Building A: 109 | Tulare Campus 

PLSI 001 Intro to Plant Science 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
1 Lab
Introduction to plant science including structure, growth processes, propagation, physiology, growth media, biological competitors, and post-harvest factors of food, fiber, and ornamental plants. Laboratory required. (C-ID AG-PS106L)
PLSI 012 Introduction to Fruit Science 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
1 Lab
The botany, taxonomy, and development of major fruit, vine, and nut crops in California, including variety selection, production practices, site selection, fertilization, pollination, irrigation, harvest, storage, processing, marketing, pest management, and pruning. Laboratory required.
PLSI 105 Weeds and Poisonous Plants 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
1 Lab
The study of the classification, identification, and life cycle of common and poisonous weeds in California production areas and their effects on animals and man including management practices such as prevention, mechanical, biological, and chemical methods. Weed establishment and chemical resistance are also discussed. Laboratory required.
PLSI 106 Fertilizers & Soil Amendments 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
1 Lab
Equivalent Course: AG 105
The study of the composition, value, selection, and use of fertilizer materials and soil amendments within the context of soil, plant, and fertilizer relationships, including current application practices. Laboratory required.
PLSI 108 Water Management 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
1 Lab
The principles and practices of California water delivery including: plant-soil-moisture relationships and water movement in the soil; water quality, water law, measurement of water; evaluation of irrigation methods, systems, wells and pumps. Laboratory required.
PLSI 110 Integrated Pest Management 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
1 Lab
The origin, history, and management measures for insect, plant pathogen, weed, and other pests of field crops; pest biology and life cycles are studied to demonstrate the use of various Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques for economic crop production. Pesticide regulations, application, formulations, and materials for specific uses are covered. Laboratory required.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: PLSI 001 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or equivalent knowledge and/or skills as determined by departmental assessment
PLSI 111 Citrus Production 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
1 Lab
This course focuses on the economic importance of the citrus industry. Topics include: historical development, areas of production, environmental requirements and citrus climatology, citrus botany, commercial varieties and rootstocks. Orchard planning and development and cultural practices are also covered in a laboratory setting.
PLSI 113 Introduction to Viticulture 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
1 Lab
An introduction to viticulture including cultural practices, history, distribution, biology, anatomy, propagation, cultivated varieties, rootstocks, climate, vineyard practices, common diseases and pests.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: PLSI 001 or equivalent college course with "C" or better.

Plant Science

Abee, Charles
A.S., College of Sequoias, Visalia
B.S., California State University, Fresno

Ferry-Abee, Allison
B.A., California State University, Fresno
Ph.D., University of California, Davis