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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Course unit
WEED SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF AGRICULTURE
AGN1030418, 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
AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
AG0063, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination WEED SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF AGRICULTURE
Website of the academic structure https://www.agrariamedicinaveterinaria.unipd.it/
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
E-Learning website https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolaamv/course/view.php?idnumber=2019-AG0063-000ZZ-2019-AGN1030418-N0
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch LEGNARO (PD)
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

Lecturers
Teacher in charge GIUSEPPE ZANIN AGR/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/02 Agronomy and Herbaceous Cultivation 8.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Calendar
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 ZANIN GIUSEPPE (Presidente)
BERTI ANTONIO (Membro Effettivo)
MASIN ROBERTA (Supplente)
8 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 ZANIN GIUSEPPE (Presidente)
BERTI ANTONIO (Membro Effettivo)
MASIN ROBERTA (Supplente)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Biology, General and Inorganic Chemistry, General Principles of Agronomy, Crop Production
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is:
a) knowing weeds from the biological and ecological point of view, their effect on the human activity, in particular about agriculture, and their role in the agroecosystem, b) knowing the weed control methods, both chemicals and non-chemicals, c) learning to plan control systems less expensive and safer for the environment, d) knowing the mitigation measures to reduce the contamination of surface and depth waters.
Examination methods: Written test: open questions and numeric execises
Assessment criteria: Knowledge of the subject; clear exposition of the subject; correct scientific speech
Course unit contents: 1° credit
Definition of weed, and biological, ecological and botanical classification of weeds. Identification of the weeds at various phenological phases (seedling and vegetative stage)

2° credit
Weeds as persistent component of the agroecosystem: ecological and agronomic significance of dormancy, real and potential flora, seed dynamics in the soil. Weeds as dynamic component of the agroecosystem: intraspecific evolution of weeds and resistance phenomena; weeds evolution at the community level, compensation phenomena and introduction of exotic species.

3° credit
Weeds as damaging component of the agroecosystem: allelopathy, competition, competition related to weed density and time of weed-crop interference.

4° credit
Integrated weed management system: principles of integrated weed control: economic-threshold based control, density equivalent concept, decision support system, scouting. Scouting in field.

5° credit
Herbicide-plant interactions: absorption, translocation, biotransformation, mode of action, HRAC classification, Phytotoxocity

6° credit
Selectivity, Herbicides antidotes, OGM and non OGM resistant crops. Resistance management.

7° credit: Environmental fate of pesticides, Directive 129 EU and National Action Plan (PAN)

8° credit: Mitigation measures of drift, runoff and leaching. Mitigation of point source contamination: use of biobed.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes lectures, practical exercises, and visit to crop fields for identification of the weeds at various phenological phases (seedling and vegetative stage) and for recognizing herbicide phytotoxicity.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Some of lesson materials and documents accessible online at: https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolaamv/ (Moodle platform of the School)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • CATIZONE P. e ZANIN G., Malerbologia. Bologna: Patron, 2000. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ceccon P., Fagnano M., Grignani C., Monti A., Orlandini S., Agronomia. Napoli: EDISEs, 2017. pag. 325-363

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Case study
  • Working in group

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Zero Hunger Clean Water and Sanitation Responsible Consumption and Production