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. Students interested in a career in Pest Control Advisor (PCA) can further their understanding of the industry through this department and take the courses necessary to sit for the PCA licensure exam.
Plant Science Faculty Contact
Allison Ferry-Abee | (559) 688-3139 | email@example.com
Tulare Center Building B: 206 | Tulare Campus
Agriculture Division Chair
Kim Pitigliano | (559) 688-3117 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tulare Center Building B: 104 | Tulare Campus
Provost - Tulare College Center, Dean of Agriculture
C. Louann Waldner, Ph.D. | (559) 688-3050 | email@example.com
Tulare Center Building A: 109 | Tulare Campus
For a complete list of courses and descriptions visit: COURSES
PLSI 001 Intro to Plant Science
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
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
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 and Soil Amendments
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
Irrigation and drainage problems that focus on soil-plant-water relationships, application scheduling, evapotranspiration, and efficiency. Introduction to irrigation equipment and technology to include water measurement, soil moisture measurement, pumping and delivery systems, and various irrigation methods. California water infrastructure, water budget, water rights and legislation.
PLSI 110 Integrated Pest Management
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.
PLSI 111 Citrus Production
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
An introduction to viticulture including cultural practices, history, distribution, biology, anatomy, propagation, cultivated varieties, rootstocks, climate, vineyard practices, common diseases and pests.
PLSI 118 Advanced Irrigation
Advanced management of irrigation systems. Emphasis placed on plant-soil-water relationships in reference to application, scheduling, water infiltration rates and depth, drainage, salinity measurement and management, chemigation and climate control.
A.S., College of Sequoias
B.S., California State University, Fresno
Ferry-Abee, Allison, Ph.D.
B.A., California State University, Fresno
Ph.D., University of California, Davis