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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Course unit
AGRICULTURAL MICROBIOLOGY
AVP7077961, A.A. 2017/18

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (Ord. 2017)
AG0056, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination AGRICULTURAL MICROBIOLOGY
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 Italian
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 SERGIO CASELLA AGR/16

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/16 Agricultural Microbiology 8.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second 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 2
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Syllabus
Prerequisites: In order to efficiently attend the course the student should possess knowledge acquired from the base teaching of mathematic, statistic, physics, general and inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry and biology. It is also required to be familiar with English language and internet utilization.
Target skills and knowledge: The students will gain knowledge on soil microbial populations in order to understand their role in the organic matter transformations, in the improvement of soil fertility and in the plant life cycle through the interactions they establish with the roots.
Examination methods: Generally oral examination. At the end of the course a written test will be available for those that have attended in the current year, possibly integrated by an oral test.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation of the student is based on checking the level of understanding of the themes covered by the teacher and the ability to make use of agricultural microbiology knowledge in view of some significant agro-environmental and agro-food applications.
Course unit contents: 1° CFU: A general overview of microbial world. Studying approach. Morphology. Cell structure and comparison between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Classification criteria for the main microbial groups (virus, bacteria and actynomycetes, filamentous fungi and yeasts).
2° CFU: Metabolic peculiarities of microorganisms. An overview on microbial genetic. The microbial growth and its evaluation. The control of microbial growth (sterilization, pasteurization).
3° CFU: Microorganisms of interest in agriculture. Biological fertility of soil and C/N ratio. Soil biomass evaluation. Functional microbial groups.
4° CFU: Microbial actions within the main element cycles: carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulphur, others.
5° CFU: Humification processes. Degradation processes: examples of practical applications. Bioremediation. Microbial valorization of biomass.
6° CFU: Plant-microorganisms relationships: spermosphere, rhizosphere, phyllosphere, biocenosis, symbiosis.
7° CFU: Soil Microbial diversity: methods of study. Microbial biodiversity on plant roots and PGPR.
8° CFU: Use of microorganisms in agriculture: microbial inoculants. The use of (genetically modified) microorganisms in the environment: practical and regulatory aspects.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is organized in room lectures with the help of slides that will be made available to the students. In order to acquire basic microbiology methods some lab practices will be carried out and some seminars on the safety of lab work will be offered.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The slides used by the teacher will be made available to the student and some additional bibliographic material and links will be suggested.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • B. Biavati, C. Sorlini, Microbiologia Generale e Agraria. --: Ambrosiana, 2007. Autori vari Cerca nel catalogo
  • B. Biavati, C. Sorlini, Microbiologia agro ambientale. --: Ambrosiana, 2008. Autori vari
  • M. Iaccarino, Microrganismi benefici per le piante. --: Idelson-Gnocchi, 2006. Autori vari Cerca nel catalogo