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 LM SAT-PP 5A071


Basic knowledge of plant pathology, agronomy, arboriculture, genetics, and chemistry. 

Development of the course




The didactic method is based on ppt lectures (4 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 (2 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 management of pre and postharvest plant diseases induced by fungi, bacteria, virus and phytoplasma.


Applying knowledge and understanding. The main aim of this course is to provide a fully development ability of the students to develop and implement strategies for plant disease management with a reduced environmental impact.


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 team work with a final delivery report.


Control of plant diseases in the behalf of the crop protection. The plant protection: technical, toxicological, environmental, economic, political, legislative, managerial and commercial aspects. Evolution of plant protection strategies and current trends (1.5 ECTS).

State of the art of biological and integrated pest management. Means and methods for the control of plant diseases (agronomical, genetic, physical, biological and chemical) and integration in the biological and integrate disease management (1.5 ECTS).

Fungicides: evolution, classification, properties, mechanisms of action. Possibilities to control diseases caused by bacteria, virus and phytoplasma. Possibilities to control postharvest decay of fruit and vegetables (1.5 ECTS).

Practical application of biological and integrated disease management on the main crop of Mediterranean area (grapevine, stone and pome fruits, olive, cereals, main horticultural crops) (1.5 ECTS).

Development of the examination

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 plant protection approached in organic and integrated disease management; (ii) knowledge of the different control methods and means for plant protection; (iii) knowledge of fungicides and main mechanisms of action. 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

Belli G., 2012. Elementi di Patologia Vegetale. Piccin editore

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

Muccinelli M., 2011. Prontuario degli agrofarmaci - XIII edizione. Edagricole

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



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