D3a - Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Alimentari e Ambientali - Guida degli insegnamenti (Syllabus)
Basic knowledge of plant biology, organic and inorganic chemistry.
The teaching method includes both lectures (6 CFU) and practicals (3 CFU), performed as room exercises and field visits.
Knowledge. The course enables students to acquire the fundamental knowledge on agro-meteorology, physical and hydrological characteristics of agricultural soils and on the basic principles of their water and fertility management.
Applying knowledge and understanding. The main aim of this course is to deepen the information already gained with the basic courses, in order to form a technician able to handle the complex agronomic problems typical of modern agriculture.
Cross-expertise: (i) making judgements: ability to identify the information needed to manage the main agronomic issues of the agricultural soils; (ii) communications: ability to clearly and exhaustively communicate notions, ideas, problems and technical solutions to interlocutors, either professional or not, representative of the various and specific competencies involved in the management of the cropping systems (farmers, engineer, architect, biologist, administrator).
1. Presentation of the course. Importance of the agro-meteorology. Insights on the climatic factors (radiation, temperature, precipitation, wind, air humidity) and their effects on the growth of crops (1 ECTS). Insights on evapotranspiration and water balance (0.5 ECTS).
2. The soil environment. Assessment of the physical characteristics of soils (texture, porosity, structure, etc.) in relation to the growth of crops (1 ECTS). Insights on various aspects of agricultural hydrology (water potential, soil water retention curve, water movement in the soil) (1 ECTS).
3. Water management issues in agricultural soils. Soil water management: importance and application techniques (1 ECTS). Dryland farming. Irrigation: technical elements of irrigation, irrigation systems (1.5 ECTS).
4. Soil tillage: functions, instruments, classification, new guidelines (1.5 ECTS).
5. Management of fertility of soils: nutrient cycling, meaning of the terms fertilization, correction, amendment. Chemical fertilizers, fertilization plans (2 ECTS).
Learning evaluation methods
Final assessment will focus on an oral interview.
Learning evaluation criteria
In the oral classwork, the student will have to demonstrate the knowledge in each of the areas covered in the program.
Learning measurement criteria
The final mark is attributed in thirtieths.
Final mark allocation criteria
The oral examination consists of four main questions that will be quantified in the range 0 – 7.5. The degree of 30 “cum laude” is attributed when the student demonstrates complete mastery of the subject.
Bonciarelli F., Bonciarelli U., 2003. “Agronomia”. Edagricole scolastico, Milano.
Giardini L., 2001. “Agronomia generale, ambientale ed aziendale”. Patron Editore, Bologna.
LANDI R., 1999. “Agronomia e ambiente”. Edagricole, Bologna.
Monday to Friday, from 11 am to 1 pm.