Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: ALBERTO CONTINELLA

Expected Learning Outcomes

Providing specific knowledge on traditional methods of plant breeding and new biotechnologies applied to the fruit crops. 

Providing knowledge on the physiological mechanisms that govern relations between fruit plants and environment, with particular reference to the effects of light, temperature, water availability and nutrients.

Course Structure

Lectures (49 hours) and tutorials (28 hours) by case studies and/or seminars, also on line.

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 person of professor Anna De Angelis

Required Prerequisites

Basic knowledge of plant biology, general arboriculture and genetics

Attendance of Lessons

Attendance to the course is not compulsory, but recommended. Active participation allows the student to more easily acquire the ability to link the various topics covered by the program, the ability to report examples and the property of technical language, which are the subject of evaluation.

Detailed Course Content

  • Origin and biodiversity in fruit crops
  • Plant breeding traditional methods in fruit crops: selection, induced mutagenesis, cross and hybridization
  • Biotechnology in plant breeding: in vitro culture, genetic transformation, molecular markers
  • Photosynthesis
  • Transport and role of photosynthesis products
  • Water - plant relationships: root uptake, phloem transport, transpiration
  • Environmental factors of development: Light (Photomorphogenesis and photoperiod ) gravity, temperature
  • Physiology of fruit ripening and post-harvest
  • Mineral nutrition
  • Plant hormones

Textbook Information

n.1 - Arboricoltura Generale AA.VV. a cura di S. Sansavini - Patron Editore - Bologna

n.2 - Biotecnologie sostenibili AAVV. a cura di Galbiati et al.-Edagricole- Bologna

n.3 - Genetica e Genomica. G. Barcaccia, M. Falcinelli Vol. II e III - Liguori Editore - Napoli

n.4 - Elementi di Fisiologia Vegetale. N. Rascio. EdiSES - Napoli 

Teaching aids provided by the teacher: scientific articles and power point presentations of the lessons objectives of genetic improvement in arboriculture

Learning Assessment

Learning Assessment Procedures

Verification of learning takes place through an oral interview. The evaluation of the student's preparation will take place on the basis of the following criteria: learning ability and level of depth of the topics covered, properties of synthesis and exposition, and the student's ability to reason. Verification of learning can also be carried out electronically, should the conditions require it.

The vote follows the following scheme:

Knowledge and understanding of the topic: Important shortcomings. Significant inaccuracies
Ability to analyze and synthesize: Irrelevant. Frequent generalizations. Inability to synthesize
Use of references: Completely inappropriate

Knowledge and understanding of the topic: At the threshold level. Obvious imperfections
Analysis and synthesis skills: Just enough skills
Use of references: As appropriate

Knowledge and understanding of the topic: Routine knowledge 
Analysis and synthesis skills: It is capable of correct analysis and synthesis. Argue logically and consistently
Using references: Use standard references

Knowledge and understanding of the topic: Good knowledge
Analysis and synthesis skills: Has good analysis and synthesis skills. The arguments are expressed consistently
Using references: Use standard references

Knowledge and understanding of the topic: Knowledge more than good
Ability to analyze and synthesize: He has considerable abilities of analysis and synthesis
Use of references: Has explored the topics

Knowledge and understanding of the topic: Excellent knowledge
Ability to analyze and synthesize: He has considerable abilities of analysis and synthesis.
Use of references: Important insights.

Examples of frequently asked questions and / or exercises

  • objectives of genetic improvement in arboriculture
  • what is meant by somaclonal variability?
  • which pigments play a role in the photosynthetic process?
  • what effects does a treatment with auxins have on the plant?