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SCP8084957, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1165, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
E-Learning website
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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 ELIDE FORMENTIN BIO/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/04 Vegetal Physiology 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 1.0 16 9.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 MOLECOLE BIOATTIVE E NUTRACEUTICA 2019-2020 01/10/2019 27/11/2020 FORMENTIN ELIDE (Presidente)
ZOTTINI MICHELA (Membro Effettivo)
1 MOLECOLE BIOATTIVE E NUTRACEUTICA 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 FORMENTIN ELIDE (Presidente)
ZOTTINI MICHELA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The course includes knowledge of general and inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry and plant physiology.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to investigate the biochemical processes related to the secondary metabolism of plants and attention will be paid to the metabolic pathways that lead to the formation of those secondary metabolites that are of interest as bioactive food compounds. The biochemical study of the compounds will be related to the analysis of their action as nutraceuticals towards animal and human health. In this regard, their antioxidant capacity and their mode of action against human physiology will be evaluated. Students will also be provided with an adequate basis for understanding the related issues to the various technological strategies aimed at both the production of high valuable molecules and secondary metabolites and the increase in their content in agri-food products.
Examination methods: The exam consists of a written or oral examination (if the number of enrolled students allows it or in case of documented difficulties) on the whole program, with a mark out of thirty. Furthermore the student will have to present a report on the activities carried out during the lab practices which will be evaluated with a score from 1 to 3.
Assessment criteria: The following criteria will be used to verify the knowledge and skills acquired:
1) the understanding of the covered topics;
2) the ability to interconnect the acquired knowledge;
3) the completeness of the acquired knowledge;
4) the synthesis skills;
5) the use of a proper terminology.
Course unit contents: The contents of the program can be divided into 3 main parts:
1) Functional role of plant bioactive metabolites and their role as food supplements and in the treatment of diseases
2) biochemistry of plant bioactive molecules: biosynthetic pathways of phenolic compounds, terpenoids, alkaloids.
3) biotechnology of plant bioactive molecules: production of bioactive metabolites in vitro, plant biotechnologies and bioactive metabolites.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is organized in lectures (40 hours) and laboratory activities (16 hours).
The knowledge to be acquired is presented in lectures using PowerPoint presentations set with images, diagrams and videos. Students will be divided into working groups that will participate during the lessons in the critical discussion of case studies.
The laboratory activities will include the determination of the antioxidant activity of fresh fruit and vegetable samples as well as fruit-based drinks.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All the teaching material (ppt, articles on case studies and reviews) is made available to students on the page of the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Maffei, Massimo, Biochimica vegetaleMassimo Maffei. Padova: Piccin, \1999!, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Maffei, Massimo; Bicchi, Carlo, Metabolismo e prodotti secondari delle pianteMassimo Maffeipresentazione di Carlo Bicchi. Torino: UTET università, 1999. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Dewick, Paul M.; Fattorusso, Ernesto, Chimica, biosintesi e bioattività delle sostanze naturaliPaul M. Dewickedizione italiana a cura di E. Fattorusso, con la collaborazione di A. Aiello ... [et. al.]. Padova: Piccin, [2001], --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

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