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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AG01102825, 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
AG0063, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track PRODUZIONI VEGETALI [002LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SOIL FERTILITY AND PLANT NUTRITION
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 SILVIA QUAGGIOTTI AGR/13

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

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 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 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Prerequisites: The students are required to possess a basic knowledge on general aspects of biochemistry, plant physiology and soil chemistry.
Target skills and knowledge: The course is aimed to give the students an overview on the main processes involved in plant-soil interactions, which affect both nutrient availability and plant uptake ability.

Chemical, biological, biochemical, physiological and molecular mechanisms underlying nutrients availability and plant adaptation to nutrients fluctuations will be deepened.

Students will acquire basic knowledge and competences concerning the improvement of the nutrient use efficiency, in order to reduce fertilizers distribution thus achieving a more sustainable agriculture.
Examination methods: Written test and ppt presentation by students on a selected topic.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will be based on the established acquisition of the basic concepts of the discipline, on the ability to integrate the content exposed by the teacher and on the ability to propose original solutions to prevent or limit the consequences of nutritional stress on the plants and agriculture.
Course unit contents: ●1 CFU General introduction on Plant nutrition concepts, Macro and micronutrients, The rizosphere. Main signals involved in the plant-soil communication.

●2 CFU Nutrient Use Efficiency , Fertilizers, biostimulants, biofertilizers and integrated nutrition management.

●3 CFU Root in the second green revolution and its function in nutrient uptake, Biochemical, physiological and molecular mechanisms of the transport of nutrient in plants.

●4 CFU Nitrogen, phosphorous and sulphur: Biochemical, agronomic and environmental importance. Main cycles and principal mechanisms for their acquisition and assimilation.

●5 CFU Importance of potassium, calcium and magnesium for plants.
Microelements: general and specific aspects. Main aspects to be considered for a correct fertilization with micronutrients. Essential, beneficial and toxic elements. Hyperaccumulator plants.

●6 CFU Group work on specific topic selected by the class, ppt presentation and discussion.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Front teaching (classroom)
Seminars of invited speakers
Practicals (work groups on specific issues)
Additional notes about suggested reading: The material used for the course will be made available to students through the Moodle platform of the School at (

Marschner's Mineral Nutrition of Higher Plants
Taiz- Zeiger Fisiologia vegetale.

Lecture notes and teaching slides

Scientific paper in specific issues
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Students peer review

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 Climate Action Life Below Water Life on Land