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INDUSTRIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY
Course unit
ENVIRONMENTAL BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOENERGY PRODUCTION
SCO2044108, 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
INDUSTRIAL BIOTECHNOLOGY
SC1731, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ENVIRONMENTAL BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOENERGY PRODUCTION
Website of the academic structure http://biotecnologie.scienze.unipd.it/2018/laurea_magistrale
Department of reference Department of Biology
E-Learning website https://elearning.unipd.it/biologia/course/view.php?idnumber=2018-SC1731-000ZZ-2017-SCO2044108-N0
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
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

Lecturers
Teacher in charge FIORELLA LO SCHIAVO BIO/04
Other lecturers TOMAS MOROSINOTTO BIO/04

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
SCO2044108 ENVIRONMENTAL BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOENERGY PRODUCTION FIORELLA LO SCHIAVO SC1175

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines BIO/04 Vegetal Physiology 4.0
Core courses BIO/10 Biochemistry 4.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 8.0 64 136.0 No turn

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

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 BIOTECNOLOGIE PER L'AMBIENTE E PRODUZIONE DI BIOENERGIA 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 LO SCHIAVO FIORELLA (Presidente)
MOROSINOTTO TOMAS (Membro Effettivo)
6 BIOTECNOLOGIE PER L'AMBIENTE E PRODUZIONE DI BIOENERGIA 2017/2018 01/10/2017 25/11/2018 LO SCHIAVO FIORELLA (Presidente)
MOROSINOTTO TOMAS (Membro Effettivo)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: No specific preprequisites. Students should have a general background in basics of plant biology and biotechnology
Target skills and knowledge: Environmental Biotechnology: The course aims to provide a comprehensive picture of the state of the art on the physiology of stress responses of plants to environmental stresses, in the context of next environmental climate changes

Biotechnologies for Energy production: The course aims to provide a comprehensive picture of the state of the art in biofuels production and to identify the challenges for future biotechnological research in this field.

Students will also be asked to critically discuss recent scientific papers.
Examination methods: the evaluation consists of two parts:

1. Presentation and critical analysis of some recent scientific papers.

2. written test on the class contents
Assessment criteria: Students will be evaluated for their knowledge of the physiological and molecular mechanisms of responses of plants to environmental stresses and of the major possibilities for bioenergy production but also for their ability to critically discuss scientific papers analyzed.
Course unit contents: Environmental Biotechnology:
Responses of Plants To Abiotic Stresses: Stresses involving water deficit, osmotic stress and its role in tolerance to drought and salinity, impact of water deficit and salinity on transport across plant membranes. Freezing stress. Flooding and oxygen deficit. Oxidative stress. Heat/Cold stress.
Plant responses to mineral toxicity: Molecular Physiology of mineral nutrient, acquisition, transport and utilization. Aluminium toxicity, heavy metal ion toxicity (Cd+2, Hg2+, Pb2+).
Phytoremediation approaches to remove soil/water contaminants.

Biotechnologies for Energy production:
Introduction: current energy sources and the necessity of renewable fuels.
Production of bioethanol from ligno-cellulosic biomasses.
Production of biodiesel from oleaginous crops.
Algae as biofuels producers. Evaluation of advantages and disadvantages with respect to plants.
Hydrogen production from algae and bacteria.
The biotechnological challenges for biofuels production: the optimization of conversion of solar into chemical energy.
Examples of genetic engineering for biofuels.
Exploitation of unicellular algae for wastewater treatment and bioremediation
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: In the first part, teachers will provide a general overview on responses of plants to environmental stress and a general overview of the perspectives of the bioenergy production.
In the second part, future challenges will be discussed starting from the analysis of recent scientific literature.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The textbook will be a collection of recent scientific papers provided by the professor.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Working in group
  • Peer feedback

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Zero Hunger Quality Education Affordable and Clean Energy Climate Action