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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AGN1037539, 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 GIAMPAOLO ZANIN AGR/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/04 Horticulture and Floriculture 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st 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.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
9 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 ZANIN GIAMPAOLO (Presidente)
SAMBO PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
BONA STEFANO (Supplente)
8 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 ZANIN GIAMPAOLO (Presidente)
SAMBO PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
BONA STEFANO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Plant Biology
Target skills and knowledge: The knowledge that the student will acquired during the course are:
1. The anatomical and physiological bases of the gamic and agamic propagation process of plants.
2. The gamic and agamic propagation techniques in nursery and genetic improvement.
3. The methods of propagation of ornamental species.
4. Types of nursery, propagation environments and equipment of a nursery.

The skills that the student will acquired are:
1 Understand the advantages and different methods and propagation techniques.
2. Identify the most efficient propagation method for different species and for specific purposes.
3. To understand how to cultivate mother plants, choose the material to be harvested, increase the efficacy and the effectiveness of the method and propagation technique.
4. Identify and recognize the qualitative parameters of the propagation material.
Examination methods: In the final oral test the student will be evaluated on the basis of a. the critical discussion of the lab activities; b. assessment of the knowledge and skills acquired on the topics covered during the course.
Assessment criteria: The students must demonstrate that they understood, and are able to explain, the topics covered during the course. They must know the basics of ecology, anatomy and physiology involved in the seed and vegetative propagation techniques, and understand how to choose the propagating material, and how treatments and the control of the pedoclimatic environment, can improve the efficiency of the techniques.
Course unit contents: 1° credit = The nursery. Provision of plant material, mother plants. Sexual propagation. Seed characteristics production and handling. Dormancy, breakage of dormancy and involved factors. Harvest, processing and conservation of seeds.
2° credit = General physiological features of germination and treatments to improve germination. Vegetative propagation. Clones. Juvenile phase and adult form. Layering and its natural modifications. Chimeras. Mother plants.
3° credit = Propagation by cutting: hardwood, semihardwood and herbaceous cuttings. Anatomical and physiological basis of cutting propagation. Treatments to improve rooting in cuttings. Application of growth regulators to the cuttings. Bottom heating, intermittent mist and fog systems. Hardening and post propagation care of rooted cuttings.
4°credit = In vitro culture systems. Tissue culture and techniques of micropropagation. Propagation by grafting and budding. Anatomy of formation the graft union. Techniques and experiences of budding and grafting on ornamental species.
5° credit = Techniques in the nursery. Soil preparation, sowing, transplanting trees and shrubs, fertilization and irrigation, pruning of plants. Landscape-ready plants.
6° credit =. Plants in containers, substrates, root pruning, production of ornamental plants in glasshouse. Control of shape and height of plants
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes lectures, practices in greenhouse, and technical visits.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The teaching material showed during the lessons, together with other self-study material, is made available on the School's Moodle platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • C. Vezzosi, Vivaistica Ornamentale. Bologna: Edagricole, 1998. Cerca nel catalogo
  • A. Zocca, La propagazione di alberi e arbusti. Bologna: Edagricole, 1999. Cerca nel catalogo
  • B. Suszka, C. Muller, M. Bonnet-Masimbert, Semi di latifoglie forestali. Bologna: Calderini edagricole, 2000. Cerca nel catalogo
  • H.T. Hartmann, D.E. Kester, F.T. Davies jr., Plant propagation, principles and practices. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, International, Inc, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Action learning
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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