Department of Horticulture
Horticulture - Research - Technology
Studying horticulture is just as complex as horticulture itself, with its links to a wide variety of academic disciplines. For this reason, students with a broad range of interests in the fields of biology, chemistry, economics and also technology will find Horticultural Plant Production particularly appealing.
Ecology - Economics - Processes
Horticultural studies at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt are practically oriented, providing students with academic knowledge and the opportunity to put it into practice. The B.Sc. degree in Horticultural Crop Production is designed to qualify students for management positions in horticultural businesses and related economic sectors, as well as for consultancy and experimental work.
Christian Reichart - Famous Horticulturalist from Thuringia
lived from 4 July 1685 to 31 July 1775 and was influential at a time when the governors of the archbishops of Mainz were striving to revive the economy and trade, to encourage commerce and industry. He was a contemporary of Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Friedrich Handel. It is entirely possible that he also played their works as the organist at the "Reglerkirche". Only a few steps away from this church was the home of Christian Reichart's parents. His father was a respected farmer in Erfurt. When his father died in 1689, his mother married the farmer Christoph Engelhardt, who, like his father, owned extensive land in the "Dreienbrunnen" area. His stepfather bestowed upon him a varied, extensive and well-founded education: he went to the Reglerschule, trained as a tradesman, and studied Law, Natural Sciences and Logic at the University of Erfurt. He also learned to play the piano and organ from Cantor Buttstädt. With his versatile education and considerable commitment, Reichart worked hard for his hometown of Erfurt as an actuary of the fire armoury, a sub-bailiff, a guardian, a senior building official, a junior mayor, a councillor, an assessor of the ministry and a member of the mercantile commission. For more than 30 years he was wrote the city's chronicle. Even greater than his contribution to the administration of the city is his dedication to horticulture, although he did not become a gardener of his own volition. Circumstances led to horticulture becoming his profession.
Beginning of the Semester
The Winter Semester kicks off on 4 October 2022 with the induction week for newly enrolled students, consisting of central events and orientation sessions in the individual degree programs.
Main areas of research in the Department of Horticulture
As part of various courses and external research assignments commissioned by private businesses and other public institutions, we carry out a wide range of trials, demonstrations and projects at our facility. On the one hand, our students naturally benefit from this experience and the results achieved, as it enables them to gain first-hand insights into the latest findings in various sectors of horticulture. On the other hand, other institutions, associations and companies from the private sector can also benefit from our activities.
We therefore consider it an important aspect of our work to conduct intensive research on the basis of close cooperation with these partner organizations. If you are interested in working with us, please contact us.
Horticulture - an international field of work
In recent years, our department's research activities have focused on the following two main areas:
- "the targeted nutrient supply of horticultural crops" and
- "biological/ integrated, sustainable plant protection in horticulture".
We have also carried out a wide range of research, usually in cooperation with horticultural businesses.
IIn the future, we intend to continue with our previous key activities, with aspects relating to low-energy and resource-efficient horticultural production gaining in importance.