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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AGL1000104, A.A. 2018/19

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
AG0056, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PLANT GENETICS
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 GIANNI BARCACCIA AGR/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/07 Agrarian Genetics 8.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 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
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
10 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 BARCACCIA GIANNI (Presidente)
9 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 BARCACCIA GIANNI (Presidente)
8 Commissione a.a. 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 BARCACCIA GIANNI (Presidente)

Prerequisites: The student needs to know the basic aspects of cell biology and reproductive biology, with particular reference to the main livestock and crop species.
Target skills and knowledge: The student is expected to gain basic knowledge and expertise of formal genetics useful for improving and breeding livestock and crop species, with particular reference to the inheritance of phenotypic variation and its heritability. The student should be able to examine the genetic aspects of the expression of both qualitative and quantitative traits, to analyze the genetic structure of populations and to evaluate the genetic traits of reproductive systems mainly affecting the characterization, selection and conservation of populations.
Examination methods: Students will deal with both a written test (in progress) and an oral examination (at the end of the course).
Assessment criteria: The student will be evaluated on the basis of theoretical knowledge on the genetics of mendelian and quantitative traits, population genetics, molecular genetics and cytogenetics, including elements of genetic mutations and biotechnologies.
Course unit contents: Basic genetics: Mendelism and inheritance of qualitative traits. Molecular genetics: The structure of nucleic acids. Mechanisms of replication, transcription and synthesis of proteins. Sources of genetic variation: recombination and mutation. Molecular bases of gene expression. Genetic control of quantitative traits and heritability estimates. Population genetics: Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium.
Genetics of reproductive systems: Processes of sporogenesis, gametogenesis and embryogenesis in the Angiosperms. Anfimixis: autogamy, allogamy and their effects on the genetic structure of populations. Apomixis and clonal populations. Reproductive barriers: genetics of incompatibility and malesterility.
Genetic breeding: Fundamentals of selection and methods for the constitution of varieties in the major crops. Varieties based on pure lines, hybrids, synthetics and clones. Registration of varieties. Conservative varietal selection and commercial seed production.
Genetic biotechnologies: Elements of molecular biology and genetic engineering. Genetically modified organisms (GMO) and transgenic varieties. Molecular marker-assisted breeding (MAB). The genetic identity of varieties and genetic traceability of agrifood products and derivatives.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes classroom lectures of general genetics and practical laboratory activities of molecular genetics, for a totale of 64 hours.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The materials used for frontal lessons and practical activities (pdf files of presentations) of Genetics will be made available on request.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Gianni Barcaccia e Mario Falcinelli, Genetica e Genomica. Vol. 1 Genetica generale. Napoli: Liguori Editore, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Gianni Barcaccia e Mario Falcinelli, Genetica e Genomica. Vol. 2 Miglioramento genetico. Napoli: Liguori Editore, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Story telling
  • Problem solving
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

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