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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP9086122, 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
IF0362, 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 PLANT DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science
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 BENEDETTO RUPERTI AGR/03
Other lecturers ALESSANDRO BOTTON AGR/03

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses BIO/13 Applied Biology 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
1 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 RUPERTI BENEDETTO (Presidente)
BOTTON ALESSANDRO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge and skills of biochemistry and plant physiology. Propaeduetic requirements: Biology, Genetics, Soil Chemistry, Agronomy
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to give students knowledge about the genetic purity and health of planting material (varieties and clones), the characteristics of rootstocks and grafting combinations in order to provide the guiding criteria in the choices of the variety / rootstock in the planning stages and vineyard planting. The students will also acquire knowledge on the physiological aspects of the development and ripening of the grape berry in relation to the optimal harvesting time and winemaking objectoives.
Examination methods: Written (70% multiple choice questions, 30% open questions)
Assessment criteria: In depth knowledge of the subjects of the course, ability to organize critical presentations related to the course program (PowerPoint); Participation in study visits and seminars.
Course unit contents: 1st credit: The grapevine nursery chain. Importance of the Italian nurseries for the wine sector. Definition of asexual and sexual reproduction and their genetic implications multiplication principles. Cuttings, and types of graftings
2nd credit: preparation techniques and forcing of grafted cuttings. Planting, storage and marketing of grafted grapevine plants.
3rd credit: Clonal selection: genetic base, goals and experimental procedures. Standard, certificate and base material: genetic and sanitary aspects.
4th credit: The grapevine rootstocks. Genetics and selection of the main rootstocks used for grapes. Aspects of rootstock-scion interaction (graft compatibility and vigor). Adaptation of different rootstocks to different pedological-climatic conditions (resistance to drought, soil compaction, salinity, lime) and criteria for the choice of rootstocks.
5th credit: Development and ripening of the grape berry. Changes in the structure, color and chemical composition that occur during ripening: organic acids, sugars, polyphenols and flavors. The main categories of aromas
6th credit: Aromas and their evolution as a function of ripening, environmental factors, and genotype. Agronomic practices targeted to the modulation of the best expression of varietal aromas. Outline of main ripening indexes, destructive and non-destructive for best harvest decision making.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The educational activities will be organized as follows:
4 credits: lectures in the classroom.
2 credits: study visits to nurseries and vineyards
For integration of the topics, technical seminars are organized on some specific aspects of the course.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes (PDF of lectures provided by the teacher).
Insights on some topics covered within the course can be found in the following texts:
"La nuova viticoltura. Innovazioni tecniche per modelli produttivi efficienti e sostenibili". Palliotti, Poni, Silvestroni. Edagricole-New Business Media.
Viticoltura di qualità. Mario Fregoni, ed. Phytoline.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)