First cycle
degree courses
Second cycle
degree courses
Single cycle
degree courses
School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7077964, A.A. 2019/20

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. 2019/20
bring this page
with you
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BOTANY OF CULTIVATED PLANTS
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 STEFANO MACOLINO 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
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 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
2 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 MACOLINO STEFANO (Presidente)
ZANIN GIAMPAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
1 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 MACOLINO STEFANO (Presidente)
ZANIN GIAMPAOLO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The basic knowledge in Biology and in particular plant biology allows you to attend the course more profitably.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide the necessary tools for the knowledge of cultivated plants and to open the way to the study of spontaneous ones. At the end of the course, the student will have acquired the knowledge concerning the basic botany, with particular regard to the morphological and anatomical aspects intended as a basic premise to understand the characters used in the identification of the plants and for their systematic classification.
Although the teaching provides a notional preparation, it takes into account the practical needs that characterize the agricultural sciences. In general, the teaching takes care of and deepens the botanical aspects with agronomic implications.
Examination methods: The exam consists of a written test of assessment divided into two parts. The first will cover general botany (anatomy, morphology, and taxonomy) with multiple-choice questions, the second will concern the systematic part and will be open-ended. Upon completion of the examination, the student will also bring and discuss a herbarium that he has produced.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation criteria for the verification of the acquired knowledge and skills are:
- Completeness of knowledge
- Mastery of the scientific method aimed at the classification of herbaceous species
- Acquisition of the correct terminology used in botany
- Ability to observe the flora
- Quality of the herbarium presented
Course unit contents: The teaching is divided into three parts: general, systematic, and laboratory.

General part:
it mainly examines the morphological and partly the anatomical characteristics of the plants. These features will concern the hypogean and epigeal portion of the plant (root system, types of root system, anatomy of the root; parts of the stem, types of stem, anatomy of the stem; fundamental components of the leaves, leaf types, phyllotaxis, anatomy of the petiole and blade, modified leaves, formation and fundamental components of the flower, types of inflorescences, dried fruits and fleshy fruits, aggregate fruits and false fruits, stamens and ovule, seed and embryo). The fundamental principles of taxonomy and scientific nomenclature will also be discussed.

The basic notions related to this first part will be supplemented by agronomic considerations and examples related to agricultural, horticultural and forage species.

Systematic part:
elements of plant systematics following the fourth version of scientific classification of angiosperm plants as proposed by Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (APG IV) which makes use of recent advances in molecular systematics.
Systematic collocation and general characteristics of the botanical families of the most important agricultural and horticultural species. if necessary, the lower systematic categories (subfamilies, groups, tribes) will be also described. Specifically, the following Families will be considered:
Further details are provided on the differential characteristics of the individual species and varieties of agricultural interest belonging to these families.

Laboratory part:
it involves outdoor and laboratory activities aimed at identifying species using simple experiences, dichotomous keys and a microscope and stereoscope.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: In addition to classroom lectures, the course includes practical field lessons that will be held mainly at the University's Experimental Agricultural Farm and laboratory exercises to become familiar with the classification method using the dichotomous key.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Attendance at lectures is recommended, the professor makes available the teaching material used to carry out the lessons. A paper book will also be available with relevant and attached illustrations and with classification examples using the dichotomous key.
The topics covered are reported exhaustively in the material provided during the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Working in group
  • Problem solving
  • Work-integrated learning

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being Quality Education Life on Land