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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AG01100097, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AG0062, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination MOUNTAIN AGRICULTURE
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
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 MICHELE SCOTTON AGR/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/02 Agronomy and Herbaceous Cultivation 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second 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 3.0 24 51.0 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
8 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 SCOTTON MICHELE (Presidente)
MACOLINO STEFANO (Membro Effettivo)
BONA STEFANO (Supplente)
SAMBO PAOLO (Supplente)
7 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 SCOTTON MICHELE (Presidente)
MACOLINO STEFANO (Membro Effettivo)
BONA STEFANO (Supplente)
SAMBO PAOLO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: For a good comprehension of the course contents, the student should have a basic knowledge on the following topics:
+ Plant systematics: ability in plant species identification through botanical keys and preliminary knowledge of herbaceous species at least at the family level;
+ Ecology: knowledge of the main ecosystem traits as regards abiotic and biotic aspects;
+ Geology: knowledge about the main rock types, of their chemical and physical characteristics and pedogenesis value:
+ Pedology: knowledge about the chemical, physical, hydrological and biological soil characteristics.
Target skills and knowledge: The student has to learn:
- to interpret the fertility of the mountain soils and to plan their sustainable management addressed to products of suitable quality and quantity;
- to identify and interpret the species and vegetations of the semi-natural and natural grasslands;
- to apply the acquired knowledge in planning the management of cultivated grasslands aimed at preserving both their fertility and natural value.
Examination methods: To pass the exam, the student has to demonstrate to possess the main knowledge on Alpine husbandry as explained in the course.
He, also, has to demonstrate to be able to apply that knowledge within plans concerning the agricultural management of mountain farms of the forage production – animal breeding sector. The management plan has to delivered to the teacher via email at least one week before the examination date.
The examination takes place through two tests:
+ a written test: the student will have to answer four open questions;
+ an oral test: the above mentioned management plan and the knowledge acquired during the didactic field visits will be discussed.
Written and oral test can be taken in the same date or in different times.
Assessment criteria: The learning results will be evaluated base on:
+ the knowledge shown in the written test;
+ the ability of practical implementation of the acquired knowledge demonstrated in the management plan.
In the evaluation, also the abilities in analysing and interpreting demonstrated during the didactic field visits will be taken into account.
Course unit contents: Introduction and definitions.
The factors affecting mountain soil fertility (also with references to pedology and climatology).
Agronomic measures to maintain and improve the soil fertility (landscaping for soil conservation and soil preparation, fertilization, weed control).
Definition, origin, distribution and main traits of meadows and pastures.
Factors affecting the main traits of meadows and pastures:
+ site factors
+ human factors: fertilisation, utilisation and floral composition.
Establishment and management of meadows and pastures.
The production of meadows and pastures.
Main types of Alpine meadows and pastures: the fertile meadows, the fertile pastures, the low fertility grassland on carbonate substratum, the low fertility grassland on silicate substratum. Keys for the identification of the meadows and pasture types.
Exercises in Botany: grassland species identification.
Exercises in Informatics: training to the use of species and vegetation data-bases.
Didactic field visits to low altitude grassland and to high altitude carbonate and silicate substratum grasslands with analysis of the species, identifying and interpreting of vegetations and management considerations.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: In the course theory and practical lessons are foreseen:
+ theory: with the aid of slides, the main information on Alpine husbandry will be explained;
+ practice:
- informatics lab: six hours of exercising for the identification of grasslands types based on already available botanical surveys and plant species data-bases;
- botany lab: six hours of exercising for the identification of grassland species;
- didactic field visits: two visits on low altitude and high altitude grasslands.
Additional notes about suggested reading: To facilitate the student the slides used during the lessons will be made available. However, the slides are only the starting point for the study and do not represent the whole programme, which will be exhaustively presented only during the lessons and exercises.
Slides and other didactic materials will be available at the link:
To have a talk with the professor, it is requested to make an appointment via email.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Giardini Luigi, A come AGRONOMIA. Bologna: Patron Editore, 2003. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Dalla Fior G., La nostra flora. Trento: Monauni, 1963. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Scotton M., Pecile A. e Franchi R., I tipi di prato permanente in Trentino.. San Michele all'Adige: Fondazione Edmund Mach, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Dietl W., Lehmann J. e Jorquera M., Le Graminacee prative. Bologna: Patron Editore, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo