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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
BIOTECHNOLOGIES FOR FOOD SCIENCE
Course unit
APPLIED GENOMICS FOR ANIMAL AND CROP IMPROVEMENT
AVP5073497, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
BIOTECHNOLOGIES FOR FOOD SCIENCE (Ord. 2017)
IF0362, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track BIOTECHNOLOGIES FOR FOOD SCIENCE [002LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination APPLIED GENOMICS FOR ANIMAL AND CROP IMPROVEMENT
Website of the academic structure http://www.agrariamedicinaveterinaria.unipd.it/
Department of reference Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science
E-Learning website https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolaamv/course/view.php?idnumber=2017-IF0362-002LE-2017-AVP5073497-N0
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 GIANNI BARCACCIA AGR/07
Other lecturers PAOLO CARNIER AGR/17

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/13 Applied Biology 6.0
Core courses AGR/17 General Techniques for Zoology and Genetic Improvement 2.0

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

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Laboratory 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

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

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 Commissione A.A. 2016/17 01/12/2016 30/11/2017 VAROTTO SERENA (Presidente)
CARNIER PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: No one
Target skills and knowledge: Students learn strategies for genomic analysis by exploring DNA sequencing technology, comparative genomics, sequence variation, genome expression and genome evolution. Students extend these foundational principles to explore sequenced genomes, gene families, gene expression and function. Students also learn applications of advanced statistical tools to perform genome-wide association studies and genomic-aided prediction aimed at identifying chromosomal regions associated with Mendelian traits and QTLs useful for marker-assisted breeding.
Examination methods: Written test and Oral examination.
Assessment criteria: The final exam, linked to the official course, will consist of a halfway written test and a final oral examination: the former will count for 40% of the final mark whereas the latter for 60%. To pass the exam, students need to get a final mark equal to or greater than 18/30.
Course unit contents: The course examines the DNA genotyping, fingerprinting and sequencing technologies which allow the understanding of structural genomics: the organization, evolution and expression of genes. Successful application of genomics to plant and animal improvement requires merging knowledge about how genomic information is generated to the practice of breeding, disciplines which may emphasize different aspects of the relationships between genotype and phenotype. Knowledge of available statistical tools and their application to exploit genomic data in identification of genomic regions associated with Mendelian traits and QTLs of interest and in practical selective breeding by means of marker-assisted selection (MAB). This course intends to bridge this gap by focusing content on recent research explaining how current genomic biology and advanced statistical tools impact key elements of the plant/animal improvement process: characterizing and assembling genetic variation, evaluation of phenotypes and identification of superior genotypes through genome-wide association studies and molecular marker-based selection procedures.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course program contains four main parts and deals with the study of structural genomics, functional genomics, comparative genomics and methodologies useful to get the key of understanding and developing genomic tools and molecular markers for crop and animal improvement. The course is delivered through lectures and exercises on the basic tools for genome and gene analyses.
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
https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolaamv/login/index.php


Genomics is a rapidly moving and dynamic field that has blossomed during the last years. Although a number of recent textbooks are available that cover some course topics, many of the genomic applications to plant and animal improvement continue to evolve. Thus, a collection of recently published articles in scientific journals will be the primary source of course content, which are available through the course website.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Maria S. Poptsova, Genome Analysis: Current Procedures and Applications. --: Caister Academic Press, 2014.