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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP5073740, A.A. 2018/19

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

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IF0362, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 7.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BIOTECHNOLOGY IN PLANT PROTECTION
Department of reference Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science
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 LUCA SELLA AGR/12

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/11 General and Applied Entomology 2.0
Core courses BIO/13 Applied Biology 5.0

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 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

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

Prerequisites: Cellular biology, Biochemistry, Molecular biology, Genetics, Microbiology
Target skills and knowledge: Biology of plant pathogens and pests affecting quality and crop production; molecular techniques for pathogens and arthropods identification; mechanisms of infection of pre- and post-harvest pathogens; biotechnological strategies for the control of the main crop diseases and arthropod pests.
Examination methods: Examination procedures: students will be required to prepare and present in class a power point presentation on a topic agreed with the course instructor and to pass a final written quiz consisting of closed and open questions based on the material covered in class.
Assessment criteria: - Presentation 30%
- Final written Quiz (closed and open questions) 70%
Course unit contents: Biotechnology in crop disease management (3 CFU)
- Outline of the biology of plant pathogens and crop diseases;
- Molecular techniques for pathogens identification;
- Molecular mechanisms of infection of pre- and post-harvest pathogens affecting quality and crop production;
- Biotechnology for the control of crop diseases.

Biotechnology in crop pest management (4 CFU)
- Ecology of pests affecting quality and crop production;
- Molecular techniques for arthropods identification;
- Biotechnologies for the control of the main arthropod pests;
- Arthropods as vectors of humans diseases.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: There will be 40 contact hours and 16 h of practice exercises and laboratory.
Teaching methodologies: lectures (slides will be provided to students but class participation is encouraged) and reviews.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lectures, reviews and materials used and provided during the course will be made available to students through the Moodle platform of the School at
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Rees D., Insects of stored products.. --: CSIRO, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Hagstrum D., Subramanyam B., Fundamentals of Stored-Product Entomology.. --: AACC, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Agrios G.N., Plant Pathology (Fifth Edition). --: Elsevier Academic Press, 2005.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning
  • 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