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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
Course unit
BIOTECHNOLOGY IN PLANT PROTECTION
AVP5073937, A.A. 2017/18

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
AV2293, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track PLANT HEALTH [003LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BIOTECHNOLOGY IN PLANT PROTECTION
Website of the academic structure http://www.agrariamedicinaveterinaria.unipd.it
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch LEGNARO (PD)
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

Lecturers
Teacher in charge ALESSANDRO RAIOLA AGR/12

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/12 Plant Pathology 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Laboratory 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Cellular and Molecular biology, Genetic and Microbiology
Target skills and knowledge: Deepening of knowledge related to perception of pathogens by plants and plant defence responses.
Acquisition of biotechnological applications to improve crop disease resistance.
Examination methods: The exam is made up of a written test
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will be based on knowledge of the topics covered in the course and on the technical skills acquired during lab activities.
Course unit contents: - Current status of crop biotechnology.
- Plant immunity.
- Strategies for engineering plants for resistance to pathogens: plant or non-plant genes with antimicrobial activity or contrasting virulence factors; genes inducing or enhancing plant immunity.
- Disease resistance signalling pathways and strategies for their activation.
- Increase of resistance to diseases by using defence activators.
- Biological control agents to protect plants: mode of action.
- Transgenic crops resistant to virus and insects.
- Biotechnology tools for pathogen detection and identification.
- Case studies.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Teaching will be carried out through lectures and laboratory activities.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The material used for frontal lessons will be available at https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolaamv/. Some textbooks recommended (see below).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Collinge, David Brian, Plant pathogen resistance biotechnology edited by David Brian Collinge. Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell, 2016. Available as eBook; http://catalogo.unipd.it/F?func=find-b-0
  • Buchanan, Bob B.; Gruissem, Wilhelm; Russell, L. Jones, Biochemistry & molecular biology of plants edited by Buchanan, Bob B., Wilhelm Gruissem and Russell L. Jones. Chichester: Wiley, 2015. Chapter 21