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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP5073877, 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
AV2293, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE [001LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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 ANDREA PITACCO AGR/03

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/03 General Arboriculture and Tree Cultivation 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Laboratory 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019

Prerequisites: For a thorough understanding of the matter, it is recommended that the Student has basic knowledge of Physics, Plant Biology and Agronomy.
Target skills and knowledge: The primary objective of the Course is the development of the ability to manage vineyards and woody crops in a sustainable way, in the light of a thorough knowledge of the biology and physiology of the plant and of the relationships with the soil and the physical environment.
Examination methods: The exam will be oral. It will regard topics from the lectures and textbook. Students will be also required to discuss a scientific paper, chosen from a range of topics agreed in consultation with the teacher.
Assessment criteria: The ability of the Student of a mature understanding of the functioning of woody crops will be evaluated, taking into account the wide range of cultivation techniques and situations of both national and international Viticulture.
Course unit contents: Origin and diffusion of Viticulture (1 Credit)
- History
- The grapevine in the history, religion and art
- Statistics and economic relevance

Botany, Anatomy, Ecology (1 Credits)
- Botanical classification and geographical distribution
- Varieties, clones and rootstocks
- Root system
- Shoot, bud and leaf morphology
- The bud complex
- Reproductive structures and fruit

Biology and Physiology (1 Credit)
- Life and annual cycles
- Dormancy, phenology and thermal time
- Radiation interception and absorption
- Leaf gas exchange
- Water balance
- Assimilate partitioning, growth and competition
- Reproductive cycle
- Flower differentiation, flowering and fruit set
- Fruit growth and ripening processes

- Environmental determinants of the grapevine cultivation
- Bioclimatic indices
- Grapevine-environment interactions, zoning and terroir

Cultivation techniques (1 Credit)
- Planting
- Trellis systems
- Pruning
- Water management
- Mineral nutrition
- Soil Management
- Precision Viticulture
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Attendance to classes and practical exercises is recommended.
Technical or scientific papers related to the following lectures Regularly item will be distributed regularly, in order to engage students in the discussion.
To stimulate the Students towards the study of the international technical literature, the study and presentation of a scientific paper, chosen by the student from a list of proposed titles, which will be published at the beginning of the course.
All these documents will be downloadable through the Moodle Platform of the School:
Additional notes about suggested reading: Books are to be intended as a useful general reference. Handouts of presentations will be distributed only after the end of the classes, to keep an active attention of the Student during the lectures.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Keller, M., The science of grapevines : anatomy and physiology. San Diego (USA): Academic Press, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Nobel, Park S., Physicochemical and Environmental Plant Physiology. Academic Press: --, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Matthews, Mark Allen,, Terroir and other myths of winegrowing. Oakland: University of California Press, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo

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

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

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