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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AGN1031010, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

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
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 1st 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
9 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 SCOTTON MICHELE (Presidente)
MACOLINO STEFANO (Membro Effettivo)
BONA STEFANO (Supplente)
SAMBO PAOLO (Supplente)
8 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 and woody 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 acquire:
+ the main knowledge concerning the characteristics of ecosystems at risk of extinction and the methods to restore them;
+ the ability to identify and interpret the main species and vegetations of grasslands and woods at extinction risk;
+ the ability to plan projects of ecological restoration of degraded areas.
Examination methods: To pass the exam, the student has to demonstrate to possess the main knowledge on Ecological restoration as explained in the course.
He, also, has to demonstrate to be able to apply that knowledge within a project of ecological restoration of a degraded area chosen by the student himself. The project 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 project 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 project of ecological restoration.
In the evaluation, also the abilities in sites and vegetations analysing and interpreting demonstrated during the didactic field visits will be taken into account.
Course unit contents: Species, ecosystems, causes of the ecological risk and general principles of ecological restoration. Description of the causes of the formation of intra-specific, specific and ecosystem diversity and of the natural and anthropic causes of biodiversity extinction. Information about the systems of extinction risk evaluation.
Methods of ecological restoration of mesophilous and hygrophilous grasslands. Characterization of natural and semi-natural species rich grasslands. Causes of their degradation. Methods of production and of direct harvesting from existing vegetations of native plant propagation material to be used in the restoration. Methods of seeding, planting and restoration management.
Methods of ecological restoration of degraded woods ecosystems. Information about the woods ecosystems at risk of extinction and the reasons of the degradation. Description of the wood restoration approaches depending on the degradation type. Establishment of new woods: vertical and horizontal structure, wood, edges, glades and rides. Establishment of woodland understory species.
Exercises in Informatics: training to the use of species and vegetations data-bases for the analyses and interpretation of grassland and woods vegetations.
Exercises in Botany: identification of grassland and wood important species based on botanical keys.
Didactic field visit to semi-natural grasslands and woods at low and high altitude and on both carbonate and silicate substratum: analysis of species, identification and interpretation of vegetations and evaluation of restoration success.
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 Ecological restoration with particular reference to semi-natural grasslands and woods;
+ practice:
- informatics lab: six hours of exercising for the identification of vegetations types based on already available botanical surveys and plant species data-bases;
- botany lab: six hours of exercising for the identification of important grassland and wood species;
- didactic field visits: two visits on low altitude and high altitude grasslands and woods and on restored sites.
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)
  • Dalla Fior G., La nostra flora. Trento: Monauni, 1963. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Dietl W., Lehman J. e Jorquera M., Le Graminacee prative. Bologna: Patron Editore, 2005.
  • Scotton M., Kirmer A. and Krautzer Bernhard (curatori), Manuale pratico per la raccolta di seme e il restauro ecologico delle praterie ricche di specie.. Padova: CLEUP, 2012.