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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AG01103455, 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
AG0059, 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 FOREST GENETICS
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 MARGHERITA LUCCHIN AGR/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/07 Agrarian Genetics 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
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

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

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 LUCCHIN MARGHERITA (Presidente)
7 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 LUCCHIN MARGHERITA (Presidente)
BARCACCIA GIANNI (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Students attending this course have to own the basic knowledge of mathematics, biochemistry and plant biology provided by the courses taught during the first year of first cycle degree.
Target skills and knowledge: Aim of the course is to provide students with knowledge of formal and molecular genetics to understand the inheritance of traits and analyze biological processes as polymorphism and evolution of plant populations and their adaptive responses. Students are able to analyze the genetic structure of forest populations and the conditions for the plant biodiversity conservation. Furthermore students acquire basic knowledge on non-conventional techniques of analysis of genetic variability and plant breeding.
Examination methods: At the end of the course, the learning is verified by a final written test including several multi-choice questions, exercises on formal and population genetics, and some short and open-ended questions. The oral exam, which is expected to last about 45 minutes, includes solving of some exercises and three or four questions concening formal, molecular and population genetics.
Assessment criteria: Student's knowledge is assessed on the basis of the understanding of the topics and concepts proposed, of the capability of their critically linking and clearly presenting.
Course unit contents: 1st credit. Molecular bases of inheritance. The structure of nucleic acids. Mechanisms of replication, transcription and synthesis of proteins.
2nd credit. Transmission genetics. Chromosomes, recombination and linkage. Meiosis. Sexual reproduction and importance of mating system for plant evolution.
3rd credit. Origins and types of genetic variation. Geographic variation and genetic adaptation. Genotype x environment interaction. Analysis of genetic variability: molecular markers.
4th credit. Population genetics. Effects of mating systems on genetic structure of populations. Gene frequencies, and forces of evolution. Fitness and natural selection.
5th credit. Habitat fragmentation. Spatial isolation and population sizes. Inbreeding. Genetic drift, bottleneck and founder effects. Minimum Viable Population.
6th credit. Elements of genetic biotechnologies. Genetically modified organisms (GMO). Molecular marker assisted selection (MAS).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes frontal lectures and practical exercises concerning the mendelian inheritance of traits, the construction of simple genetic maps, the estimate of gene and genotype frequencies of populations. The students have the opportunity to experience the method of genetic investigation and to apply statistical test for hypothesis verification.
Additional notes about suggested reading: To facilitate the understanding of the theoretical concepts and to present some examples and cases of study, the lectures are supported by projected slides that can be made available on the link.
The professor meets students at the end of lessons or by appointment.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Lorenzetti F, Ceccarelli S, Rosellini D, Veronesi F., Genetica agraria.. Bologna: Patron, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Barcaccia G., Falcinelli M., Genetica e Genomica, vol. I, II, III.. Napoli: Liguori, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo
  • • White TL, Adams WT, Neale DB., Forest Genetics. Wallingford, UK:: CAB Intrat., 2007. Cerca nel catalogo