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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP5073537, A.A. 2016/17

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AV2293, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2016/17
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MAURIZIO BORIN AGR/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/02 Agronomy and Herbaceous Cultivation 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2016
End of activities 20/01/2017

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2  Commissione a.a. 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 BORIN MAURIZIO (Presidente)
BERTI ANTONIO (Membro Effettivo)
BONA STEFANO (Supplente)
1 Commissione a.a. 2016/17 01/12/2016 30/11/2017 BORIN MAURIZIO (Presidente)
BERTI ANTONIO (Membro Effettivo)
BONA STEFANO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: The student has to know the basics on soil, climate, cultivation techniques, main crops
Target skills and knowledge: The students will learn how to improve the sustainability of farming systems, producing food and biomasses respecting the natural resources; they will also learn the ecosystems services provided by agriculture for human well being.
Examination methods: The final evaluation will be by means of oral exam and by means of the preparation and exposition of a group work.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation of the student will be based on the comprehension of the addressed topics and on the base of the concepts and methodologies learnt during the class. The ability of the student of using such aspects in an independent way will also be taken into account.
Course unit contents: Agriculture and food systems: Brief history of agriculture; The global food system; Poverty and hunger; Localization of food systems. Understanding agricultural sustainability: Definitions; agricultural sustainability: goals, indicators. Improving sustainability of farming systems: management of soil, crop, vegetation biodiversity, water, nutrients, weeds, pest and disease control. New farming systems: Urban farming, Agroforestry, Organic farming. Pollution control in the agro-systems: wetlands, buffer strips, minor hydraulic network. Genetically modified organisms (new organisms/crops): Genetic engineering for stress tolerance; Mycorriza and biofertilizers. Processes and institutions. Case studies
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will be done in classroom (4 CFU) with theoretical lectures and some “field trips” in private farms/companies (1CFU) working groups and seminars (1 CFU)
Additional notes about suggested reading: The material used for the course will be made available to students through the Moodle platform of the School at
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Mason J., Sustainable Agriculture, 2nd ed. Collingwood Vic., Australia: Landlinks Press, 2003.
  • Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, Ecosystems and Human Well-being. Synthesis. Washington, DC.: Island Press, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • National Research Council, Towards Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the 21st Century. Washington: The National Academic Press, 2010.
  • Pretty J., Sustainable Agriculture and Food. London: Earthscan, 2008.