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Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
Course unit
AGO2044468, A.A. 2013/14

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Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
AG0059, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2013/14
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Course unit English denomination FOREST BOTANY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian

Teacher in charge AUGUSTO ZANELLA AGR/05

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/05 Forestry and Silviculture 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 4.0 32 68.0 No turn
Lecture 2.0 16 34.0 No turn

Start of activities 03/03/2014
End of activities 14/06/2014
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2019 course timetable

Examination board
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Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: For a good comprehension of the course contents, the student should have a basic knowledge on Plant biology and in particular on morphology, anatomy and physiology of the plant species.
Target skills and knowledge: The student has to acquire:
+ the main knowledge concerning the herbaceous, shrub and tree species of the Italian flora;
+ the ability to describe stems, branches, leaves, buds, reproductive organs and size of herbaceous, shrub and tree species also with use of a botanical key;
+ basic knowledge about forest history and phytosociology.
Examination methods: To pass the exam, the student has to demonstrate to possess the main knowledge on plant systematics as explained in the course.
He, also, has to demonstrate to be able to identify angiosperm species based on the use of a botanical key.
The examination takes place through:
+ three partial written tests, each one with the duration of on hour: the tests with open questions will regard non-vascular plants, herbaceous and shrub vascular plants (module Plant systematics) and trees (module Forestry botany);
+ an oral test: the herbarium and the knowledge of the ten main families of herbaceous and shrub species will be checked (module Plant systematics).
Assessment criteria: In the module Plant systematics, the learning results will be evaluated based on:
+ the knowledge shown in the two written tests;
+ the practical ability to identify and describe plant species demonstrated in the herbarium and the oral test.
In the module Forestry botany, for the evaluation a maximum of 10 points will be given based on the answers concerning the theoretical part and 20 based on the species identification from slides.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: At the end of the course, students are able to classify trees and shrubs of Italian alpine forests. The ecological frame (climate, substrate) of these species will also be circumscribed, as well as soil, humus and nutrients requirements. Students will appreciate the general importance of the trees component in all forest ecosystems and the incidence of well adapted trees components in each main type of Alpine forest.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Traditional lessons, power point in Moodle. Outdoor lessons in Spring (in collaboration with prof. Anfodillo, in San Vito di Cadore, Dolomites) and in Sommer (in collaboration with prof. Scotton, in Somadida, Auronzo, Dolomites); excursions in parks and gardens of de city of Padua with 30 students in turn.
Additional notes about suggested reading: 1. Natural evolution and history of the European forests. 2. Basics of forest management and dendrometry. 3. Basics of forest typology (phytosociology, climatology and pedology). 4. Evolution in plant taxonomy and classification of trees species. 5. Autoecology of Alpine forest trees species.

Lessons (slides) available on Moodle Platform (
Office hours every open day, by appointment, upon agreement. Please contact the professor by e-mail:
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Del Favero Roberto, I boschi delle regioni alpine italiane. Tipologia, funzionamento, selvicoltura, 599 p. --: Cleup, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Del Favero Roberto, I boschi delle regioni dell´Italia centrale. Tipologia, funzionamento, selvicoltura, 430 p.. --: Cleup, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Del Favero Roberto, I boschi delle regioni meridionali e insulari d’Italia. Tipologia, funzionamento, selvicoltura, 469 p.. --: Cleup, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Davide Ubaldi, La vegetazione boschiva d'Italia. Manuale di Fitosociologia forestale. --: Cleup, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Davide Ubaldi, Le vegetazioni erbacee e gli arbusteti italiani. Tipologie fitosociologiche ed ecologia. --: Aracne, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo