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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP5073778, 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
AV2293, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE [001LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SUSTAINABLE DISEASE MANAGEMENT
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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 Silvio Tundo AGR/12

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/12 Plant Pathology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First 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 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 TUNDO SILVIO (Presidente)
SELLA LUCA (Membro Effettivo)
3  Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 SELLA LUCA (Presidente)
FAVARON FRANCESCO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Biology of plants and of microorganisms, biochemistry, genetics, agronomy and crop sciences, principles of Plant Pathology
Target skills and knowledge: Starting from the knowledge of the effects of modern agriculture on the development of highly infective pathogen populations, the aim of the course is to integrate management practices (use of biological control agents and fungicides, selection of crops and cultural practices to reduce disease pressure, implementation of predictive models in the decision-support systems) that can improve plant health and productivity by reducing the risk of disease epidemics and the use of fungicides.
Examination methods: Two class presentations on topics agreed with the teacher and a final quiz
Assessment criteria: - Presentations 70%
- Quiz 30%
Course unit contents: - Evolution of plant pathogens in modern agriculture vs. natural ecosystems. Effect of high-intensity, multicropping and monoculture. Effect of qualitative and quantitative resistance. Fungicide resistance in crop pathogens;
- Cultural practice to slow down the evolution of infective traits in the pathogen population. Deployment of R genes: mixture, pyramiding and rotation. Species diversification: crop rotation and intercropping;
- Fungicide resistance management. Reducing selection: principles and strategies. Fungicide dose, mixtures, alternation, spray timing;
- Biological control. Mechanisms: antagonism, competition for nutrients, induction of resistance in plants. Biological control agents: oomycetes, fungi, bacteria and viruses. Physical methods, organic amendments, plant extracts and secondary metabolite;
- Agricultural practices for preventing mycotoxins contamination in cereal grains;
- Predictive models and Decision-support systems: developments, improvements and benefits. Examples: wheat-Fusarium spp., apple-Venturia inaequalis, grapevine-Plasmopara viticola pathosystems.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: There will be 48 contact hours.
- Teaching methodologies: lectures (slides will be provided to students but class participation is encouraged), class discussion.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The material used for the course will be made available to students through the Moodle platform of the School at
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • G.N. Agrios, “Plant Pathology”, Fifth Edition. --: Publisher: Elsevier Academic Pres, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

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