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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AGN1030413, A.A. 2018/19

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AG0063, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track DIFESA DEI VEGETALI [001LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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

Teacher in charge ALESSANDRO RAIOLA AGR/12

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/12 Plant Pathology 6.0

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

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

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 RAIOLA ALESSANDRO (Presidente)
CAUSIN ROBERTO (Membro Effettivo)
SELLA LUCA (Supplente)
7 Commissione valida dall'a.a. 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 RAIOLA ALESSANDRO (Presidente)
CAUSIN ROBERTO (Membro Effettivo)
SELLA LUCA (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Knowledge of Plant Pathology
Target skills and knowledge: The student will learn in detail the biological properties of important viruses and bacteria and their mode of transmission, symptomatology and damages produced on host plants, besides diagnostic techniques and control methods of these infectious agents.
Examination methods: Written and/or oral exam.
Assessment criteria: The examination focuses on the topics covered in the lectures and lab practices. The student must demonstrate a good level of knowledge and understanding of the topics covered in the course and must acquire technical and practical skills for the identification and isolation of bacterial and viral agents.
Course unit contents: 1st credit: General features of plant viruses. Virus-host plant relationships and host responses to virus infection. Symptomatology and conditioning factors.
2nd credit: Transmission and relationships between viruses and vectors. The major means of control of virus diseases.
3rd credit: Types of resistance. Mechanisms of antiviral defence. Resistance genes, resistance breaking, durable virus resistance.
Resistance mediated by viral genes.
4th credit: Important virus diseases in horticulture, fruit culture and cereal crops.
5th credit: Symptomatology, epidemiology and pathogenesis of bacterial diseases. Host-bacterial pathogen interactions.
6th credit: Bacterial diseases of different crops. Control strategies.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures: 32 hours
Lab practice: 16 hours

Lab practice: techniques for detection and identification of viruses; detection of some plant defence responses to viral and bacterial pathogens; procedures for the purification of viruses and determination of the degree of purity; isolation and identification of plant pathogenic bacteria and pathogenicity tests.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes and supplementary material provided during the course
Didactic material will be available at the specific link
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Belli, Giuseppe ...[et al.], Elementi di patologia vegetale. Padova: Piccin, 2012, --. Capitoli selezionati Cerca nel catalogo
  • Giunchedi, Luciano, Elementi di virologia vegetale L. Giunchedi... [et al.]. Padova: Piccin, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Zero Hunger Quality Education Responsible Consumption and Production Life on Land