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 6
Hours 54
Period 2^ semestre
Language ENG
U-gov code STAL W000055


Knowledge of plant biology

Development of the course

The didactic method is based on ppt lectures (5 CFU) (provided in copies to the students) and guided tours in farms (1 CFU).

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

The course enables students to acquire the fundamental knowledge of agronomic and environmental factors affecting quantity and quality of crop production for human consumption.

Applying knowledge and understanding

The student will acquire the following skills : a) analyze the agri- environmental fertility; b) identify the best agronomic techniques to achieve a good quality of crops production for the food chain; c) knowledge of analysis techniques the quality of production


a) capability of identify the information needed to manage the environmental fertility; b) ability for individuate the information on the base of which it is possible improve the crops production for the food quality; c) capability of clearly communicate notions, ideas, problems and technical solutions to representative of the various and specific competencies in the food chain production (farmers, biologist, chemists)


1) Agrometeorology. Chemical-physical characteristics of soils. Grain-size, structure, porosity, inorganic and organic matter. (1 ECTS)

2) Soil tillage. Objectives, preparatory-complementary-consecutive tillage, minimum tillage, no tillage. (1 ECTS)

3) Irrigation. Objectives, technical elements, irrigation systems, quality of irrigation water. (1 ECTS)

4) Fertilization. Plant nutrients classification, mineral fertilization criteria (nitrogen, phosphorus potassium), organic fertilizer. (1 ECTS)

5) Crops: wheat, barley, pea, potato, tomato. (3 ECTS)

Development of the examination

Learning evaluation methods

Oral discussion.

Learning evaluation criteria

In the oral classwork, the student will have to demonstrate: (a) knowledge of the recognition of the main factors influencing crops production; (b) knowledge of the agronomic techniques for the crops production; (c) Knowledge of the qualitative parameters of the analyzed crops. To pass the oral exam, the student must demonstrate an overall understanding of the content using appropriate technical terminology, and 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.

Final mark allocation criteria

The oral examination consists of two questions concerning the subjects listed in the teaching program, each of ones will be quantified in the range 0 - 15. The degree of 30 “cum laude” is attributed when the student demonstrates complete mastery of the subject.

Recommended reading

1) F. Bonciarelli, U. Boncairelli, 2003. Fondamenti di Agronomia. Edagricole, Milano

2) Coltivazioni Erbacee. Patron Editore

  • C.L.T. - Scienze e Tecnologie Alimentari (STAL)

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