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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP5071890, 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
Course unit English denomination FUNGAL ECOLOGY
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 LUCA SELLA AGR/12

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/12 Plant Pathology 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Laboratory 1.0 8 17.0 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
5 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 SELLA LUCA (Presidente)
MONTECCHIO LUCIO (Membro Effettivo)
4 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 SELLA LUCA (Presidente)
MONTECCHIO LUCIO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: General botany, forestry.
Target skills and knowledge: At the end of the course the student should acquire the following knowledge/skills:
1- understand the importance of fungal biodiversity in forest ecosystems;
2- understand the ecological role played by mycorrhizal symbiotic fungi in the forest ecosystem;
3- roughly evaluate the effects of changes in the composition of natural mycorrhizal populations on the decay of forest plants;
4- understand the ecological role played by saprophytic fungi in nutrient recycling;
5- learn to recognize white and brown rot and importance in the management of ornamental greenery;
6- understand the ecological role played by lichens and their possible practical use as bioindicators of air quality and bioaccumulators of pollutants;
7- roughly evaluate the possible effects of climate change on fungal communities and their impact on the stability of ecosystems;
8- know how to use specific hypovirulent fungal strains as biological control agents against the chestnut canker disease;
9- know the possible practical applications of mushrooms in bioremediation;
10- learn how to perform artificial mycorrhization of forest plants, also in order to produce valuable edible mushrooms.

Professional knowledge/skills: 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10.
Examination methods: Written test.
Assessment criteria: Understanding of the basic concepts of the discipline and critical approach to the topics discussed.
Course unit contents: Systematics, biology and reproduction of the main fungal species.
Ecological role of the main fungal groups: saprotrophism, mycorrhizal symbiosis, epiphytic and endophytic fungi.
Mycoremediation: bioremediation of environmental pollutants with fungi.
Possibilities and methods of cultivation of edible fruiting bodies, with particular regard to the genus Tuber.
Some examples of pathogenic fungi of forest plants and their biological control.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lectures (28 hours), laboratory activities (6 hours) and educational visits (14 hours).
Additional notes about suggested reading: Book and lecture notes.
The slides used by the teachers will be available at Some bibliographical material (reviews) on specific topics of the course will be also proposed.
Office hours: by appointment in the study of the teacher (
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Moore D., Robson G.D., Trinci A.P. J., 21st Century Guidebook to Fungi. --: Cambridge University Press, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Matta et al., Fondamenti di patologia vegetale. --: P├átron editore, 2017. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Questioning
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • 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)
Quality Education Climate Action Life on Land