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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP4068072, A.A. 2017/18

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
AG0059, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination FOREST BOTANY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian

Teacher in charge AUGUSTO ZANELLA AGR/05
Other lecturers ALAN CRIVELLARO

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 2
Lecture 2.0 16 34.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2019 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined


Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: At the end of the course, the students should be able to classify trees and shrubs growing in Italian and European forests/green areas. They will memorize the name of the trees and shrubs encountered during the outdoor lessons (quite all the lessons). The ecological frame (climate, substrate) of Alpine and Apennine species will also be circumscribed, with specific attention to soil and humus forms references. Particular emphasis is given to groups of tree species as a component of the main Italian forest ecosystems. Students will be instructed about how to use their cellphone for classifying the tree species and determining their natural habitat.
By teaching to recognize trees and their ecological needs, the course prepares students to know how to respond effectively to the following Objectives of the National Strategy Analysis for Sustainable Development:
Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture (targets: 2,4 e 2,5);
Goal 11. 
Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe and sustainable(targets: 4, 6, 7, 11a, 11b);
Goal 12. 
Ensuring sustainable consumption and production methods (targets: 2, 8, 12b);
Goal 13 Take urgent measures to fight against climate change and its consequences (targets: 1, 2, 3, 13b);
Goal 15 Protecting, restoring and promoting the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainable management of forests, combating desertification, halting and reversing land degradation and halting the loss of biodiversity (targets: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The first lesson takes place in a classroom, for scheduling the calendar of all the other outdoor lessons; PDF version of indoor lessons and calendar of outdoor training, in Moodle. Spring outdoor training (in collaboration with Alan Crivellaro and Enrico Marcolin, respectively experts of trees morphology and ecology, in San Vito di Cadore, Dolomites, for the observation of plants in Winter appearance, focusing on buds, bark, branching system...) and in May and June (in collaboration with Michele Scotton, professor of Systematic Botany, in Somadida, Auronzo, Dolomites, focusing on Summer features of leaves, flowers, fruits...). Current excursions in parks and gardens of the de city of Padua (Orto Botanico, Arena, Iris, Treves, Lungoargine) with turning groups of 30 students. Calendar and visited parks in Moodle.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Outdoor training is programmed during the first lesson, agreed with the students and considering particular exigences (avoiding superposition of other courses). Visited parks and calendar are published in Moodle. The list of species to be known for validating the final test (annually adjusted following the species encountered during the outdoor training) is available in Moodle two weeks before the date of the first test. Two tests, outdistanced 2 weeks, are programmed at the beginning of the course; a third test takes place in September and a last (in two dates) in February of the following year.

Used cell Applications: iPflanzen, British Trees, Leafshot, (iForest, iGarden).

Complementary information that could be required for a greater mark:
1. Natural evolution (Charles Darwin and current concept); world forests (general distribution and main biomes) and history of the European forests. 2. Basics of forest soil ecology. 3. Basics of forest typology (phytosociology, climatology, and pedology). 4. Evolution in plant taxonomy and specific morphological characters of trees species. 5. Autoecology of Alpine forest trees species, the concept of tree-soil coevolution.

WORKERS taking University studies are invited to contact the professor for a specific guideline towards courses and final exams.
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
  • Margot e Roland SPOHN, Guida agli alberi d'Europa. --: Franco Muzzio Editore, 2014. Scienze Naturali/Manuali, circa 25 euro Cerca nel catalogo