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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AGO2044031, 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
AG0058, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SOIL SCIENCE AND SOIL CHEMISTRY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
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 GIUSEPPE CONCHERI AGR/13

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/13 Agricultural Chemistry 6.0

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
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

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

Prerequisites: General and inorganic chemistry
Organic chemistry and biochemistry
Target skills and knowledge: The student will acquire knowledge and skills for proper management of soil in vineyard through the study of its constituents, the soil forming factors and the interpretation of analytical and pedological data.
The student will be able to assess developmental and nutritional status of the soil and to propose appropriate solutions for the maintenance or restoration of fertility.
Examination methods: The exam is carried out through a written test during the course on the soil chemistry part (multiple choice test on Moodle) and a final written test on the pedological part (multiple choice test on Moodle).
The student will still have the opportunity to take the entire oral exam.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation of the student's preparation will be based on the understanding and the ability to elaborate the topics presented during the lessons and the pedological excursions.
Course unit contents: 1 CFU: The definition of soil components; the minerals (silicates and non-silicate) and the rocks; the stability of minerals; the weathering processes; the products of alteration; clay minerals (characteristics and genesis); oxides and hydroxides and residual products.
2 CFU: The carbon cycle: the constituents of organic matter; functions; the main processes. Humic substances: extraction and fractionation; definition and characterization; general properties of humic matter. The soil physical properties: texture, structure, consistence, density, porosity, temperature, humidity, colour.
3 CFU: The soil chemical properties. The colloids: adsorption and cation exchange, the characteristics of the exchange reaction; flocculation and dispersion; the selectivity of the exchange reaction; adsorption and exchange of anion (specific and non-specific). The degree of soil reaction (pH): the causes of variation of hydrogen ions concentration; the acid soil and the chemistry of aluminium; the lime requirement; alkaline soil formation and adsorption and their correction. Buffer capacity. Redox reactions.
4 CFU: The soil analysis: sampling and sample preparation, determination of the skeleton, texture, pH, total and active calcium carbonate, organic carbon and organic matter, cation exchange capacity, nitrogen, phosphorus Olsen, exchangeable potassium, micronutrients; interpretation of analytical results.
5 CFU: Soil-forming processes. Soil as it is in the countryside: the soil profile, the main horizons, the description of the soil. The soil-landscape models. The classification of soils: the American classification (USDA Soil Taxonomy) and the World Reference Base (FAO).
6 CFU: The soil survey: the different scales of detail and standards; the preliminary study and the tools available for classification. The mapping of soils: the processing of data, identification of soil typological units and cartographic units; the legend of the map. The soils of the Veneto plain.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures: 40 hours
Practice in the classroom: 4 hours
Practice in the field: 4 hours.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The material presented in class (power point presentations and PDF) will be available at the link: (Moodle platform of the School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine).
The professor will receive students at the end of the class or upon appointment by phone (3351012466).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Violante Pietro, Chimica del suolo e della nutrizione delle piante. Bologna: Il Sole 24 Ore Edagricole, 2002. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Sequi Paolo, Fondamenti di chimica del suolo. Bologna: P├átron, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Birkeland Peter, Soils and Geomorphology. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • 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)
Zero Hunger Good Health and Well-Being Clean Water and Sanitation Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action Life on Land