Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
9102015462004Organic Fruit ProductionElective128
Level of Course Unit
Second Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The aim of the course is to let students acquire knowledge and skills to take decisions in designing and managing an organic orchard, and to manage pre and post harvest processes within the framework of standards demanded by the market.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Dr. Öğr. Üyesi Hakkı Zafer CAN
Learning Outcomes
1To plan organic farms including its surroundings according to the basic principles of organic farming,
2To identify and implement technical alternatives in perennial fruit farms in respect to organic production,
3And to assess quality systems and consumer demand preferences for organic products
4To evaluate legislation valid in the World and in Turkey related to organic fruit growing and harvesting from nature
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
Organic agriculture course during BSc.
Recommended Optional Programme Components
Course Contents
Legislation related to organic agriculture applied in Turkey (TR) and world-wide, nature pick (harvest from wild), application of basic principles in diversified and simple (monoculture) fruit orchards, alternative techniques that can be used to increase diversity, factors related to the ecosystem and market that must be evaluated prior to orchard establishment, selection of rootstocks, species and cultivars, cultural practices, consumer attitudes and other quality systems valid in domestic and foreign markets.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
1Introduction: Why Organic Fruit Production?
2Evaluation of organic related legislation in respect to basic principles
3Nature pick (harvest from wild)
4Implementation of basic principles in deiversified and simple (monoculture) fruit orchards
5Techniques to increase diversity in fruit orchards
6Evaluation of factors related to ecosystem at orchard establishment phase
7GROUP WORK: Case study based on a fruit species/orchard for farm design and management
8Mid-Term Exam
9Evaluation of factors related to the market at orchard establishment phase
10Selection of rootstock, fruit species and cultivar
11Cultural Practices
12Harvest and Post-harvest processess, hygiene
13Consumer preferences
14Other quality systems valid in domestic and foreign markets
15Presentation of termwork
16Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Altieri, M.A., C.I. Nicholls and M.S. Wolfe, 1996. ‘Biodiversity- A Central Concept in Organic Agriculture: Restraining Pests and Diseases’ in Fundamentals of Organic Agriculture ed. By T.V. Ostergaard, Vol. 1, 11th IFOAM Int. Scientific Conference, Copenhagen, pp. 91-112. Anonim, 2010. ‘Organik Tarımın Esasları ve Uygulanmasına İlişkin Yönetmelik’18 Ağustos 2010 tarihli ve 27676 sayılı Resmi Gazete ( Anonymous, 2007. International Conference on Organic Agriculture and Food Security, 3-5 May 2007, Rome, Italy (www. Anonymous, 2007. Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 of 28 June 2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91, Official Journal of the European Union L 189/1. Carvalho, F.P., 2006. Agriculture, pesticides, food security and food safety, Environmental Science and Policy, November-December, p. 685-692. Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007 of 28 June 2007 on organic production and labelling of organic products and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 2092/91 Marsden, T and E. Smith, 2005. Ecological entrepreneurship: Sustainable development in local communities through quality food production and local branding, Geoforum, 440-445. Thakur, D.S. and Sharma, K.D., 2005. Organic farming for sustainable agriculture and meeting the challenges of food security in 21st century: An economic analysis, Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 205-221. www.maff.go.ip/soshiki/syokuhin/hinshitu/organic
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Language of Instruction
Work Placement(s)
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination13030
Final Examination14545
Attending Lectures14228
Team/Group Work11515
Project Preparation14040
Project Presentation177
Individual Study for Mid term Examination12525
Individual Study for Final Examination14040
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
LO1      5 
LO3  5    3
* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
Ege University, Bornova - İzmir / TURKEY • Phone: +90 232 311 10 10 • e-mail: