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SCO2045673, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1161, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 11.0
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Department of reference Department of Biology
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Language of instruction Italian
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Teacher in charge ANTONELLA MIOLA BIO/02
Other lecturers NICOLETTA LA ROCCA BIO/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/02 Systematic Botanics 8.0
Core courses BIO/03 Environmental and Applied Botanics 3.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 2.5 40 22.5 No turn
Lecture 8.5 68 144.5 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 BOTANICA SISTEMATICA E GEOBOTANICA 2019-2020 01/10/2019 27/11/2020 MIOLA ANTONELLA (Presidente)
LA ROCCA NICOLETTA (Membro Effettivo)
7 BOTANICA SISTEMATICA E GEOBOTANICA 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 MIOLA ANTONELLA (Presidente)
LA ROCCA NICOLETTA (Membro Effettivo)
6 OTANICA SISTEMATICA E GEOBOTANICA 2017/2018 01/10/2017 25/11/2018 MIOLA ANTONELLA (Presidente)
LA ROCCA NICOLETTA (Membro Effettivo)
5 BOTANICA SISTEMATICA E GEOBOTANICA 2016-2017 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 MIOLA ANTONELLA (Presidente)

Prerequisites: Cell Biology and Istology; Plant Biology
Target skills and knowledge: Students will get used to observe and describe plants using the descriptive terminology of plant morphology, and some aspects of anatomy. They should be able to: state, define, and give examples of the components of taxonomy (description, identification, nomenclature, and classification); name, classify, and diagnose several of the major families of tracheophytes; collect (including properly recording field data), identify, and process a plant for an herbarium specimen. Student will get used to the principal concepts concerning the geographical distribution of plants(flora, vegetation, map of plant species distribution, life-forms, phytogeographic elements and provinces)
Examination methods: Students will be assessed for the above skills with an oral exam.
Each student will be required to collect a total of 100 plant species of Italian flora and properly process them (with labels, including life-form and phytogeographic element) for herbarium specimens.
Assessment criteria: Grading for exams will be based on the oral examination,on the herbarium richness and knowledge of the collected species.
Course unit contents: Plant Systematics:
What is Systematics? phylogeny; why study systematics? plant identification; plant nomenclature; plant collecting and documentation; herbaria.
-Systematic evidence and descriptive therminology (morphology, anatomy, embriology, palynology, reproductive biology).
-Evolution and diversity of green and land plants
Cyanobacteria and the origin of photosynthetic eukariotes (Keeling, 2010), revised classification of eukaryotes of Adl et al 2012.
Basic concepts of Glaucophya, Rodophyta, SAR.
Cladogram and apomorphies of the Chloroplastida
Basic concepts of Prasynophytes, Chlorophytes, Streptophytes (Zygnematales, Charales e Coniochaetales)
Embryophyta and evolutionary novelties; land plant apomorphies and diversity: mosses, liverworths and hornworths.
Vascular plants apomorphies and cladogram (Rhyniophytes, fossil and extant Lycopods)
Euphyllophyta: apomorphies and diversity: Monilophyes (Equisetopsida, Psilotopsida,Marattiopsida, Polypodiopsida)
Seed plants: apomorphies and diversity (Archeopteris, pteridosperms, gimnosperms and angiosperms)
Gimnosperms diversity: cycads, Gynkgo, conifers,Gnetales
Angiosperms apomorphies, APG III introduction; origin: palaeontological and molecular data.
Principal characters of the following Italian Flora families:
Magnolide (Magnoliaceae, Lauraceae, Aristolochiaceae)
-Alismatales (Araceae, Alismataceae, Potamogetonaceae)
-Liliales (Liliaceae)
-Asparagales (Orchidaceae, Alliaceae)
-Commelinide (Arecaceae, Poaceae, Cyperaceae, Typhaceae) Eudicotiledoni:
Tricolpate basali (Ranunculaceae, Papaveraceae, Platanaceae)
Eudicotiledoni centrali
-Caryophyllales (Caryophyllaceae, Amaranthaceae (+ Chenopodiaceae), Polygonaceae)
-Roside (Vitaceae, Geraniaceae), Fabide (Malpighiales, Euphorbiaceae
Salicaceae, Violaceae, Fabales (Fabaceae), Rosales (Rosaceae), Fagales (Fagaceae, Betulaceae, Juglandaceae)
-Malvide (Brassicaceae)
-Asteride: Lamiide (Solanales, Lamiales, Oleaceae, Lamiaceae), Campanulide (Apiales, Asterales)

Principal issues of Geobotany:
-Flora definition and analysis
-Plant life forms, RaunkiƦr's life form spectra; biological normal spectrum
-Factors controlling vegetation patterns (climate, soils, zonation, plant communities, floristics, plant adaptations)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course consists of:
-microscope lab practicals to identify species of the principal Italian flora families by means of both classical and digital Keys
-exercises in the botanical garden/town to study morphological characters, identify common characters in mosses, liverworths, ferns, gimnosperms.
-a field trip.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Students can find the topics of the lectures in the textbooks below indicated. They can also find documents and information cited during the lectures in the following web sites:
-Classification and nomenclature update
Angiosperm Phylogeny Web site
The tree of life TOL
The plant list
Euro+Med Plant base
International Plant Name Index IPNI

A variety of scientific papers (mainly reviews) will be posted on line in the Moodle Platform of the course
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Judd et al, Botanica sistematica. Un approccio filogenetico. Padova: Piccin, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • M.G. Simpson, Plant systematics. China: Elsevier, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Stewart and Rothwell, Paleobotany and the Evolution of Plants. Cambridge: Cambridege University Press, 1993. da considerare per i riferimenti ai reperti fossili Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ubaldi D., Flora, fitocenosi e ambiente. Elementi di geobotanica e fitosociologia. --: CLUEB, 2003. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ubaldi D., Guida allo studio della Flora e della vegetazione. --: CLUEB, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Pignatti S. (a cura di), Ecologia vegetale. Torino: UTET, 2000. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Strasburger, Trattato di botanica. Parte sistematica,. --: Delfino, 2006. parte IV Ecologia vegetale Cerca nel catalogo