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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7077961, A.A. 2018/19

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
AG0056, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination AGRICULTURAL MICROBIOLOGY
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 SERGIO CASELLA AGR/16

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/16 Agricultural Microbiology 8.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 2
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 CASELLA SERGIO (Presidente)
BASAGLIA MARINA (Membro Effettivo)
2 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 CASELLA SERGIO (Presidente)
BASAGLIA MARINA (Membro Effettivo)
1 Commissione a.a. 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 CASELLA SERGIO (Presidente)
BASAGLIA MARINA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: In order to efficiently attend the course the student should possess knowledge acquired from the base teaching of mathematic, statistic, physics, general and inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry and biology. It is also required to be familiar with English language and internet utilization.
Target skills and knowledge: The students will gain knowledge on soil microbial populations in order to understand their role in the organic matter transformations, in the improvement of soil fertility and in the plant life cycle through the interactions they establish with the roots.
Examination methods: Generally oral examination. At the end of the course a written test will be available for those that have attended in the current year, possibly integrated by an oral test.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation of the student is based on checking the level of understanding of the themes covered by the teacher and the ability to make use of agricultural microbiology knowledge in view of some significant agro-environmental and agro-food applications.
Course unit contents: 1° CFU: A general overview of microbial world. Studying approach. Morphology. Cell structure and comparison between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Classification criteria for the main microbial groups (virus, bacteria and actynomycetes, filamentous fungi and yeasts).
2° CFU: Metabolic peculiarities of microorganisms. An overview on microbial genetic. The microbial growth and its evaluation. The control of microbial growth (sterilization, pasteurization).
3° CFU: Microorganisms of interest in agriculture. Biological fertility of soil and C/N ratio. Soil biomass evaluation. Functional microbial groups.
4° CFU: Microbial actions within the main element cycles: carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulphur, others.
5° CFU: Humification processes. Degradation processes: examples of practical applications. Bioremediation. Microbial valorization of biomass.
6° CFU: Plant-microorganisms relationships: spermosphere, rhizosphere, phyllosphere, biocenosis, symbiosis.
7° CFU: Soil Microbial diversity: methods of study. Microbial biodiversity on plant roots and PGPR.
8° CFU: Use of microorganisms in agriculture: microbial inoculants. The use of (genetically modified) microorganisms in the environment: practical and regulatory aspects.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is organized in room lectures with the help of slides that will be made available to the students. In order to acquire basic microbiology methods some lab practices will be carried out and some seminars on the safety of lab work will be offered.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The slides used by the teacher will be made available to the student and some additional bibliographic material and links will be suggested.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • B. Biavati, C. Sorlini, Microbiologia Generale e Agraria. --: Ambrosiana, 2007. Autori vari Cerca nel catalogo
  • B. Biavati, C. Sorlini, Microbiologia agro ambientale. --: Ambrosiana, 2008. Autori vari Cerca nel catalogo
  • M. Iaccarino, Microrganismi benefici per le piante. --: Idelson-Gnocchi, 2006. Autori vari Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • 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)
No Poverty Zero Hunger Good Health and Well-Being Quality Education Gender Equality Clean Water and Sanitation Affordable and Clean Energy Decent Work and Economic Growth Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Reduced Inequalities Sustainable Cities and Communities Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action Life on Land