Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: CRISTINA ABBATE

Expected Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and understanding: the course aims to provide students with the cognitive tools necessary for understanding sustainable soil management. At the end of the course the student must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main contents of the course.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: the knowledge acquired will allow students to plan the actions necessary for land sustainable use in an agricultural farm.

Making judgement: teaching aims to provide critical and judgmental skills through lectures and all other theoretical-practical activities (laboratories, seminars held by external experts, technical visits); the student must also be able to evaluate and interpret experimental and literature data.

Communication skills: attending lessons and reading recommended texts, also in English, will help the student in the acquisition and use of technical language.

Learning skills: teaching aims to provide useful tools to students to keep their knowledge and skills updated in order to undertake futher studies with a high degree of autonomy.

Course Structure

The course will include:

14 hours frontal lessons

14 hours other activities (in classroom and/or in laboratory and/or educational visits).

If teaching is given in a mixed formula or remotely, necessary changes may be introduced to what was previously stated in order to comply with the provided and reported syllabus.

Learning assessment may be done remotely if necessary.

As a guarantee of equal opportunities and in compliance with current laws, interested students can ask for a personal interview in order to plan any compensatory and/or dispensatory measures, based on their specific needs and on teaching objectives of the discipline.
It is also possible to ask the departmental contacts of CInAP (Center for Active and Participatory Inclusion - Services for Disabilities and/or DSAs), in the persons of Prof. Anna De Angelis.

Required Prerequisites

No prerequisites are required.

Attendance of Lessons

Strongly recommended

Detailed Course Content

Introduction. Soil genesis and evolution. Gas and liquid phases of the soil. Solid phase of the soil: inorganic and organic components. Organic matter: evolution and properties. Physical and morphological characteristics of the soil. Soil chemical properties: pH, anion and cation exchange. Soil fertility and bioremediation. Soil-root interactions: the rhizosphere. Root absorption of water and ions. Nutritional requirements of plants. Laboratory activities: soil fertility assessment, agri-environmental indicators.

Textbook Information

Text 1: Fondamenti di Chimica del suolo (2017). Sequi, Ciavatta, Miano. Patròn Editore, Bologna.


Course Planning

 SubjectsText References
1IntroductionText 1: Cap. 1 (Par. 1.1-1.3-1.4)
2Soil genesis and evolutionText 1: Cap. 2 (Par. 2.1-2.2)
3Gas and liquid phases of the soilText 1: Cap. 5
4Solid phase of the soil: inorganic and organic components.Text 1: Cap. 3 e 4
5Organic matter: evolution and properties.Text 1: Cap. 6 (Par. 6.1-6.2-6.4) e Cap. 7 (Par. 7.1)
6Physical and morphological characteristics of the soil.Text 1: Cap. 2 (Par. 2.4)
7Soil chemical properties: pH, anion and cation exchange.Text 1: Cap. 8 (Par. 8.1-8.2-8.3-8.4) e Cap. 9
8Soil fertility and bioremediationText 1: Cap. 13
9Root absorption of water and ionsText 1: Cap. 7 (Par. 7.2)
10Nutritional requirements of plantsText 1: Cap. 10
11Soil-root interactions: the rhizosphere.Text 1. Cap. 7
12Laboratory activities: soil fertility assessment, agri-environmental indicators.Studium

Learning Assessment

Learning Assessment Procedures


Learning assessment may be done remotely if necessary.

Examples of frequently asked questions and / or exercises

Organic matter evolution.

Soil phases.

Agri-environmental indicators.