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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AGM0015571, A.A. 2019/20

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. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PLANT PATHOLOGY
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 FRANCESCO FAVARON AGR/12

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/12 Plant Pathology 8.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 1.0 8 17.0 3
Lecture 7.0 56 119.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Prerequisites: Plant Biology, Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Agricultural Microbiology and Crop Science are recommended.
Target skills and knowledge: Understanding the principles and concepts of plant pathology including the biology of phytopathogenic organisms, the diagnosis of diseases, the host-parasite interactions, the epidemiology and management of diseases.
Examination methods: The exam is with open-ended questions
Assessment criteria: Demonstration of the acquisition of the basic concepts of Plant Pathology, of the specific scientific and technical language, and of the ability to perform diagnoses and management of the most important diseases.
Course unit contents: -Economic and social effects of plant diseases.
-The causes of plant diseases: oomycetes, fungi, bacteria, mollicutes, viruses and viroids, parasitic plants, abiotic factors.
-Disease symptoms, the diagnosis of plant diseases.
-Plant-pathogen interaction at ecological, physiological and genetic level.
-Epidemics and people effect on plant diseases; prediction of plant disease epidemics.
-Management of plant disease epidemics by avoidance and exclusion methods, and by eradication and protection methods through cultural practices, physical, chemical and biological treatments and use of genetic resistances.
-Legislation on the use of chemicals on plant protection.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Traditional lessons are prevalent. The laboratory activities (8 hours) relate to morphology of pathogens, infection experiments and symptom observations. With field visits, practical situations will be presented in which integrated pest management is applied on major crop diseases.
Additional notes about suggested reading: In addition to textbooks (see below), the slides of the teacher will be available and some web sites will be recommended for the legislative part.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Matta A., Buonaurio R., Favaron F., Scala A., Scala F., Fondamenti di Patologia vegetale. Bologna: Patron Editore Bologna, 2017.
  • Agrios GN, Plant Pathology. --: Elsevier Academic press, 2005. 5th edition Cerca nel catalogo
  • Belli G., Elementi di Patologia vegetale. Padova: Piccin, 2012. Seconda edizione Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Story telling
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
No Poverty Zero Hunger Good Health and Well-Being Quality Education Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action Life on Land