PLANT PATHOLOGY

Gestione e Valorizzazione delle Risorse Agrarie e delle Aree Protette PLANT PATHOLOGY

0712200014
DIPARTIMENTO DI FARMACIA
EQF6
GESTIONE E VALORIZZAZIONE DELLE RISORSE AGRARIE E DELLE AREE PROTETTE
2020/2021

OBBLIGATORIO
YEAR OF COURSE 2
YEAR OF DIDACTIC SYSTEM 2016
SECONDO SEMESTRE
CFUHOURSACTIVITY
963LESSONS
Objectives
THE COURSE GIVES THE KNOWLEDGE ON BIOTIC AND ABIOTIC PLANT DISEASE-INDUCING AGENTS AND THEIR MAJOR DISEASES OCCURRING IN MEDITERRANEAN AREAS, DIAGNOSTIC METHODS AND CONTROL OF PLANT DISEASES BY USING ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY MEANS.

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING:
FUNDAMENTALS OF PLANT PATHOGENS AND THEIR ASSOCIATED DISEASES;
BASIC KNOWLEDGE ON DIAGNOSTIC METHODS, WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE MOST INNOVATIVE ONES;
PRINCIPLES AND METHODS OF BIOLOGICAL AND INTEGRATED CONTROL OF PLANT DISEASES.

APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING:
IDENTIFY MAJOR PLANT DISEASES;
DETECT AND IDENTIFY THE CAUSAL AGENTS THROUGH APPROPRIATE DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS;
IMPLEMENT AND RECOMMEND SUITABLE DISEASE CONTROL STRATEGIES.

Prerequisites
FOR SUCCESSFUL ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE MAIN CONTENTS OF THE COURSE IT IS REQUIRED THAT STUDENTS HAVE PASSED THE PROPEDEUTIC EXAM OF PLANT BIOLOGY AND BOTANY.
Contents
PLANT PATHOLOGY: INTRODUCTION. THE CONCEPT OF PLANT DISEASE. TYPES OF PLANT DISEASES. ECONOMIC IMPACT, SYMPTOMS, AND DETECTION OF PLANT DISEASES.
PARASITISM AND DISEASE DEVELOPMENT.
EFFECTS OF PATHOGENS ON PLANT PHYSIOLOGICAL FUNCTIONS. HOW PATHOGENS ATTACK PLANTS. HOW PLANTS DEFEND THEMSELVES AGAINST PATHOGENS.
CONTROL OF PLANT DISEASES.
CHARACTERISTICS OF PLANT PATHOGENIC FUNGI, FUNGAL-LIKE ORGANISMS, PHYTOPLASMAS, PLANT BACTERIA, PLANT VIRUSES, VIROIDS, AND PARASITIC HIGHER PLANTS, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE MAJOR DISEASES.
HINTS ON NON-INFECTIOUS PLANT DISEASES.
Teaching Methods
THE COURSE CONSISTS OF TWO MODULES: DETECTION AND CONTROL OF MEDITERRANEAN CROP DISEASES (6 CFU) AND ENTOMOLOGY APPLIED TO MEDITERRANEAN CROPS (3 CFU).

THE MODULE DETECTION AND CONTROL OF MEDITERRANEAN CROP DISEASES HAS A DURATION OF 42 HOURS (6 CFU) AND INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES:
CLASSROOM LECTURES (42 HOURS = 6 CFU), LABORATORY EXERCISES AND FIELD TRIPS (7 HOURS = 1 CFU). IT IS PLANNED AS FOLLOWS:
CLASSROOM LECTURES ON ALL CONTENTS OF THE MODULE INCLUDING SEMINARIES BY EXPERTS IN PLANT PATHOLOGY;
LABORATORY EXERCISE AND FIELD TRIP ACTIVITIES FOR VISUAL SYMPTOM ASSESSMENT OF THE AFFECTED PLANTS AND FOR DETECTING AND IDENTIFYING THE CAUSAL PLANT PATHOGENS (STUDENTS WILL UNDERTAKE 3 ACTIVITES OF 2 HOURS EACH AND 1 ACTIVITY OF 1 HOUR).

THE MODULE ENTOMOLOGY APPLIED TO MEDITERRANEAN CROPS HAS A DURATION OF 21 HOURS (3 CFU) AND INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES:
CLASSROOM LECTURES (17.5 HOURS = 2.5 CFU), LABORATORY EXERCISES AND FIELD TRIPS (3.5 HOURS = 1 CFU). IT IS PLANNED AS FOLLOWS:
CLASSROOM LECTURES ON ALL CONTENTS OF THE MODULE INCLUDING SEMINARIES BY EXPERTS IN AGRICULTURAL ENTOMOLOGY;
LABORATORY EXERCISE AND FIELD TRIP ACTIVITIES FOR DETECTING, IDENTIFYING AND LABORATORY DIAGNOSIS OF THE MAIN PHYTOPHAGOUS INSECTS (STUDENTS WILL UNDERTAKE 1 ACTIVITY OF 2 HOURS AND 1 OF 1.5 HOUR).

Verification of learning
ACHIEVEMENT OF THE COURSE’S OBJECTIVES IS VALIDATED BY A FINAL ORAL EXAMINATION, OF ABOUT 30 MINUTES, USING A THIRTIETHS-BASED RATING SCALE. THIS EXAMINATION CONSISTS OF QUESTIONS AND CRITICAL DISCUSSION ON THEORETICAL AND METHODOLOGICAL CONTENTS OF THE COURSE AND IS AIMED AT EVALUATING THE ACQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE STUDENT, HIS COMMUNICATION SKILLS USING A PROPER TERMINOLOGY, AS WELL AS HIS ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE ON THE SAME THEORETICAL CONTENTS AUTONOMOUSLY.
Texts
REQUIRED BOOKS:
AGRIOS G.N., PLANT PATHOLOGY (FIFTH EDITION). ELSEVIER ACADEMIC PRESS, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, 2005.
MATTA A., BUONAURIO R., FAVARON F., SCALA A., SCALA F., FONDAMENTI DI PATOLOGIA VEGETALE. PATRON EDITORE, BOLOGNA, 2017.
BELLI G., ELEMENTI DI PATOLOGIA VEGETALE (SECONDA EDIZIONE). PICCIN, PADOVA, 2012.


REFERENCE BOOKS:
RAGAZZI A., CAPRETTI P, GHELARDINI L., MORICCA S. MALATTIE DELLE PIANTE IN BOSCO, IN VIVAIO E DELLE ALBERATURE (SECONDA EDIZIONE). PATRON EDITORE, BOLOGNA, 2020.
PONTI I., LAFFI F., MALATTIE CRITTOGAMICHE DELLE PIANTE DA FRUTTO, EDIZIONI L’INFORMATORE AGRARIO, VERONA, 2014.
PONTI I., LAFFI F., MALATTIE CRITTOGAMICHE DELLE PIANTE ORTIVE, EDIZIONI L’INFORMATORE AGRARIO, VERONA, 2014.
PONTI I., MARCHETTI L., LAFFI F., MALATTIE CRITTOGAMICHE DELLE PIANTE ORNAMENTALI, EDIZIONI L'INFORMATORE AGRARIO, VERONA, 2014.
MONTERMINI A., I GIALLUMI DELLA VITE. SINTOMI, EPIDEMIA E LOTTA. EDIZIONI L’INFORMATORE AGRARIO, VERONA, 2007.
BELLARDI M.G., BERTACCINI A., MALATTIE DELLE PIANTE OFFICINALI – VIROSI E FITOPLASMOSI, EDIZIONI L’INFORMATORE AGRARIO, VERONA, 2005.

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