LABORATORY OF CHEMICAL ANALYSES IN AGRICULTURE

Gestione e Valorizzazione delle Risorse Agrarie e delle Aree Protette LABORATORY OF CHEMICAL ANALYSES IN AGRICULTURE

0712200037
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
PRIMO SEMESTRE
CFUHOURSACTIVITY
336LAB
Objectives
THE LABORATORY AIMS TO PROVIDE THE STUDENT THE ABILITY TO CARRY OUT ANALYSES FOR THE DETERMINATION OF THE MAIN PARAMETERS DEFINING SOIL FERTILITY AND THE QUALITY OF PRIMARY PRODUCTION THROUGH FIELD AND LABORATORY ACTIVITIES.

THE MAIN CONSOLIDATED KNOWLEDGE WILL BE:
- SOIL AND PLANT SAMPLING PROCEDURES
- ANALYSIS OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SOIL PARAMETERS
- ANALYSIS REVEALING THE PRIMARY PRODUCTION QUALITY

THE MAIN SKILLS WILL BE:
- TO DRAFT SOIL AND FRUIT SAMPLING PLANS
- TO ANALYZE THE PRIMARY PRODUCTION QUALITY BY MEANS OF SIMPLE CHARACTERISTICS
- TO IDENTIFY THE MAIN PARAMETERS TO BE MEASURED TO EXPRESS JUDGMENT ON SOIL FERTILITY
- TO USE PORTABLE FIELD INSTRUMENTS TO SUPPORT AGRONOMIST ACTIVITY
Prerequisites
THE TOPICS COVERED BY THE LABORATORY OF AGRICULTURAL AND CHEMICAL ANALYSIS REQUIRE AN EXPERTISE ON THE ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION OF PLANT AND SOIL MATRICES IN THEIR INORGANIC AND ORGANIC COMPONENTS. ALTHOUGH THE ACHIEVEMENT OF PREVIOUS COURSES IS NOT DUE, THE STUDENT WHO WANTS TO FOLLOW THE LABORATORY OF AGRICULTURAL AND CHEMICAL ANALYSIS WITH GOOD RESULTS, SHOULD HAVE PASSED THE EXAMINATION OF CHEMISTRY AND BIOLOGY AND BOTANY
Contents
THE COURSE WILL FOCUS ON THE FOLLOWING LABORATORY ACTIVITIES THAT WILL BE INTRODUCED BY BASIC CONCEPTS AND RECALLS TO THE KNOWLEDGES ACQUIRED IN THE PREVIOUS COURSES:
SOIL
-LABORATORY AND FIELD ANALYSIS OF SOIL TEXTURE, PH, CONDUCTIVITY AND LABILE ORGANIC MATTER.
-FIELD ANALYSIS USING PORTABLE DEVICES: SOIL COLOR, MASS DENSITY, INFILTRATION, AGGREGATE STABILITY, WETTABILITY, SOIL NITRATES, EARTHWORMS QUANTITY.
PLANT
-LABORATORY ANALYSIS OF ACIDITY AND POLYPHENOLS IN PLANT TISSUES AND EXTRACTS;
-FIELD ANALYSIS OF FRUIT CALIBER, °BRIX, PRODUCT HARDNESS, COLOR.
GUIDE TO WRITE THE TECHNICAL REPORT ON THE EVALUATION OF MEASURED PARAMETERS
Teaching Methods
THE LABORATORY OF AGRICULTURAL CHEMISTRY ANALYSIS PROVIDES 3 UNIVERSITY FORMATIVE CREDITS - ECTS (36 HOURS) OF MULTIDISCIPLINARY LABORATORY ACTIVITIES.
ECTSS WILL BE ORGANIZED IN THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES:
1.5 ECTS (18 HOURS): FIELD AND LAB ANALYSIS OF THE MAIN SOIL CHARACTERISTICS
1 ECTS (12 HOURS): FIELD AND LAB ANALYSIS OF SOME CROPS CHARACTERISTICS
0.5 ECTS (6 HOURS): THEORETICAL LESSONS AND PRACTICAL EXERCISES.
THE COURSE IS ORGANIZED AS FOLLOWS:
- EACH ACTIVITY WILL BE PRECEDED BY A SHORT RECALL ON THE THEORETICAL BASIS,
- DURING MULTIDISCIPLINARY LAB ACTIVITIES STUDENTS WILL PARTICIPATE TO PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATIONS ON SOIL AND PLANT PARAMETERS ASSESSMENT. THE USE OF FIELD ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES (VISUAL, TACTILE OR BY PORTABLE DEVICES) WILL BE COMBINED WITH LABORATORY ASSESSMENTS;
- THE LABORATORY OF AGRICULTURAL CHEMISTRY ANALYSIS ALSO PROVIDES A SYNTHESIS PHASE IN WHICH THE STUDENT WILL EXPRESS VALUE JUDGMENTS ON THE MEASURED PARAMETERS.
STUDENTS WILL BE DIVIDED INTO GROUPS (MAXIMUM 35 STUDENTS PER GROUP) AND WILL FOLLOW 12 INDIVIDUAL LABORATORY ACTIVITIES OF 2.5 HOURS EACH.
Verification of learning
THE EXAMINATION CONSISTS IN A SINGLE WRITTEN TEST IN WHICH THE STUDENT HAS TO ANSWER SEVERAL QUESTIONS (BOTH OPEN-ENDED AND MULTIPLE-CHOICES QUESTIONS) CONCERNING THE WHOLE COURSE PROGRAM AND FOCUSING MOSTLY ON THE LABORATORY ACTIVITIES CONDUCTED DURING THE CLASS. THE STUDENT MUST ANSWER CORRECTLY TO MOST OF QUESTIONS TO PASS THE EXAM.
Texts
MATERIAL PROVIDED BY THE PROFESSOR

IN-DEPTH MATERIAL:
USDA-NRCS SOILS. 2001. SOIL QUALITY TEST KIT GUIDE. SOIL QUALITY INSTITUTE
HTTPS://WWW.NRCS.USDA.GOV/WPS/PORTAL/NRCS/MAIN/SOILS/HEALTH/RESOURCE/

MINISTERO DELLE POLITICHE AGRICOLE E FORESTALI. DECRETO MINISTERIALE 13 SETTEMBRE 1999 
APPROVAZIONE DEI "METODI UFFICIALI DI ANALISI CHIMICA DEL SUOLO". (GU SERIE GENERALE N.248 DEL 21-10-1999 - SUPPL. ORDINARIO N. 185)
HTTP://WWW.GAZZETTAUFFICIALE.IT/ELI/ID/1999/10/21/099A8497/SG


WEIL R. R. BRADLEY N. C. 2016. THE NATURE AND PROPERTIES OF SOILS, GLOBAL EDITION (INGLESE). PEARSON EDUCATION. ISBN-10: 1292162236
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