D3a - Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Alimentari e Ambientali - Guida degli insegnamenti (Syllabus)


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Seat Agraria
A.A. A.A. 2016-2017
Credits 3
Hours 27
Period 2^ semestre
Language ENG
U-gov code LM FOBIM W000598


Basic knowledge of plant biology, genetics, and chemistry. 

Development of the course

The didactic method is based on ppt lectures (2 ECTS) (provided in copies to the students), in addition laboratory experiences and guided tours inside farms will be organized in order to put into practice what the students have learned in class (1 ECTS). The course will be also available through an e-learning version using the Moodle platform. Within this platform, the students will find teaching materials, organized in learning units, supplemental literature material, guided tour information and reservations.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge. The course enables students to acquire appropriate knowledge about the main diseases occurring on fruit and vegetables after harvest and on strategies used for disease management.


Applying knowledge and understanding. The main aim of this course is to provide a fully development ability of the students to develop and implement sustainable strategies for postharvest disease management.


Cross-expertise. In order to improve the independent development and the communication skills of students, it is proposed the study of specific topics carried out in a teamwork with a final delivery report.


Main postharvest diseases of fruit and vegetables (1 ECTS).

Life cycle of main postharvest pathogens (1 ECTS).

Set up and application of strategies for the management of postharvest decay of fruit and vegetables, for organic and integrated agriculture, through the use of agronomical, genetic, physical, biological and chemical means and methods (1 ECTS).


Development of the examination

"Fruit quality and disease management" is an integrated course consisting of two modules: Fruit quality control (6 ECTS) and Postharvest disease management (3 ECTS). Each module is independently evaluated, but with a unique final grade, resulting from the weighted average of the grades obtained in the two modules (weights results from the respective number of ECTS for each module).


Learning evaluation methods

The final exam will be based on an oral discussion.


Learning evaluation criteria

During the oral exam, the student will have to demonstrate: (i) knowledge of the main postharvest diseases of fruit and vegetables; (ii) knowledge of plant protection approaches in organic and integrated disease management; (iii) knowledge of the different control methods and means for the management of postharvest decay of fruit and vegetables. To pass the oral exam, the student need to demonstrate an overall understanding of the content using appropriate technical terminology; in addition, the student have to be able to deal with deductive reasoning that enable him to create links within matter, and to have a complete mastery of the subject.


Learning measurement criteria

The final mark is attributed in thirtieths. Successful completion of the examination will lead to grades ranging from 18 to 30 “cum laude”.


Final mark allocation criteria

The oral examination consists of three main questions, each of ones will be quantified in the range 0 - 10. The degree of 30 “cum laude” is attributed when the student demonstrates complete mastery of the subject.


Recommended reading

Bautista-Baňos S., Ed., 2014. Postharvest decay – Control Strategies. Academic Press

Bautista-Baňos S., Romanazzi G., Jimenez-Aparicio A., Eds., 2016. Chitosan in the preservation of agricultural commodities, Academic Press



Tutorial sessions

Tuesday and Wednesday, from 5 pm to 7 pm


Università Politecnica delle Marche
P.zza Roma 22, 60121 Ancona
Tel (+39) 071.220.1, Fax (+39) 071.220.2324
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