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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP3051673, 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
AG0057, 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
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 LUCA SELLA AGR/12
Other lecturers NICOLA MORI AGR/11

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/11 General and Applied Entomology 4.0
Core courses AGR/12 Plant Pathology 4.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 2.0 16 34.0 3
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

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

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7  Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 SELLA LUCA (Presidente)
MORI NICOLA (Membro Effettivo)
DUSO CARLO (Supplente)
6 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 SELLA LUCA (Presidente)
MORI NICOLA (Membro Effettivo)
DUSO CARLO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Students must have passed the following courses: General microbiology, Biology, General and inorganic chemistry with physical chemistry elements, Organic and biological chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and English language.
Target skills and knowledge: The purpose of the course is to provide:
• the basic principles of Plant Pathology, with emphasis on special features characterizing the post-harvest environment; the study of some typical diseases that can affect foodstuffs during storage, with reference to their diagnosis and related defense strategies, and of alterations of foods contaminated by mycotoxins will provide the student with knowledge on specific aspects of the diseases that may occur in this environment.
• sufficient knowledge to make a correct diagnosis on the presence of pests (insects, mites, small mammals) on foods and to propose appropriate control strategies. Notions on the most modern and environmentally sustainable technological solutions for the control of harmful arthropods will be provided.
This in order to create a specific culture allowing the student to develop useful strategies to limit the qualitative and quantitative losses occurring during the storage phase.
Examination methods: Evaluation of the preparation by a written test about the content of the course with open questions and multiple choice answers.
Assessment criteria: The assessment will be based on demonstrated acquisition of the basic concepts of the discipline and on the ability to propose original solutions to prevent or remedy the adverse effects caused by biotic agents in food industry.
Course unit contents: The integrated course is divided into 2 sections dealing with protection from diseases (5 credits) and from arthropods (3 credits).

Protection from diseases (5 credits)
- Principles of plant pathology: the disease concept; main characteristics of plant pathogens, particularly the causal agents of rot during storage and of foods alteration.
- Host-pathogen interaction: mechanisms of attack of fungal pathogens.
- Specificity of the post-harvest environment: interaction between factors contributing to cause post-harvest diseases; influence of ”handling” and storage systems on the development of diseases.
- Post-harvest alterations of seeds and foods: mycotoxins and mycotoxicosis; prevention, decontamination and detoxification methods.
- Post-harvest diseases affecting fruits and vegetables: symptoms of the major biotic diseases and of some physiological disorders and favoring environmental factors;
- Control of post-harvest diseases: main methods that can be used during storage to reduce post-harvest attacks; disinfection of environments and foodstuffs with physical, biological and chemical means, with particular attention to the active substances allowed and to the risks associated with their use.

Protection from pests (5 credits)
- Protection of plant products intended for human and animal nutrition from animal parasites: diagnosis, assessment of damage extent, pests ecology. Methods to assess the presence of pests in foodstuffs and in processing environments.
- Strategies for pests control: biotechnological, chemical, physical and integrated control. Phytosanitary products usable in food industry: overview, legislation, applications. Impact of chemical plant protection products on biocenosis.
- Biology, harmfulness and control strategies of the main pest species (insects, mites, micromammals). Arthropods as vectors of diseases to humans. Legislative reference for defense management in food production.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The frontal lessons constitute the bulk of the course (48 hours). The laboratory activities (8 hours) relate to the application of morphological, biochemical and molecular techniques to identify the agents of damage and the effects of adversities on plant physiological responses and on the quality characteristics of the products. The teaching activity is completed with some educational visits (8 hours).
Additional notes about suggested reading: In addition to some books recommended by the teachers (see below), the slides used by the teachers will be available at Some bibliographical material (reviews) on specific topics of the course will be also proposed.
Office hours: by appointment in the study of the teacher.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Rees D., Insects of stored products. --: CSIRO, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo
  • De Cicco V., Bertolini P., Salerno M.G., Patologia postraccolta dei prodotti vegetali. --: Piccin Editore, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Trematerra P., Gentile P., Gli animali infestanti in molini e pastifici e la loro gestione. --: Chiriotti Editori, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Trematerra P., Sùss L., Prontuario di entomologia merceologica e urbana. --: Aracne Edizioni, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • 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)
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