The Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture refers in its traditions to the Higher School in Żabikowo near Poznań, established 1870-1876, where Horticulture was one of the taught courses.
The Faculty staff consists of 109 employees, including 77 academic teachers, who give classes and lectures within 3 fields of study: Horticulture, Landscape Architecture and Plant Medicine.
Moreover the Faculty conducts the MSc studies focusing on seed science and technology (in English), post-graduate studies in Hortitherapy (in Polish), and 2 semester BSc course in Horticulture dedicated to students from the Jilin Agricultural University in China, based on the inter-university agreement (in English).
Our research concern applied and advanced cultivation technologies of horticultural crops and problems connected with environmental protection and management. Basic scientific and research problems include:
- Ecologically-friendly and energy-saving methods of plant and mushroom cultivation, as well as the introduction of new plant species and cultivars to horticultural production,
- Diagnostics of nutrient requirements of horticultural plants
- Measurement of metabolic activity of plants, disorders caused by unfavourable environmental conditions and plant diseases,
- Epidemiology and diagnostics of plant diseases and biological plant protection,
- Assessment of soil contamination with heavy metals and phytotoxic substances,
- Prevention of negative effects of replantation diseases in fruit growing,
- Seed production, seed quality evaluation and enhancement, seed marketing and management of seed company,
- Ecology and faunal studies of insects and the preservation of their biodiversity in natural and anthropogenic ecosystems,
- Restoration and management of urban green areas and green areas in open landscape,
- Analysis of changes in vegetation cover under the influence of industrial emissions and impact of mining industry
- Nature monographs, preservation plans and nature resource documentation of districts, lands, regions, forest divisions, promotional forest complexes, national and landscape parks, and nature reserves,
- Assessment of resources and threat to wild medicinal plants and plants covered by full or partial species protection,
- Space planning for recreation in areas covered by nature preservation regulations,
- Hydromorphological survey and evaluation of watercourses and the analysis of contamination levels of water bodies in urban parks.
Staff education is closely related to research conducted at the Faculty.