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SCN1037603, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1731, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PLANT MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
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 MICHELA ZOTTINI BIO/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines BIO/04 Vegetal Physiology 2.0
Core courses BIO/11 Molecular Biology 4.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 1.0 16 9.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 BIOLOGIA MOLECOLARE DELLE PIANTE 2019-2020 01/10/2019 27/11/2020 ZOTTINI MICHELA (Presidente)
LO SCHIAVO FIORELLA (Membro Effettivo)
7 BIOLOGIA MOLECOLARE DELLE PIANTE 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 ZOTTINI MICHELA (Presidente)
LO SCHIAVO FIORELLA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: In order to understand the topics presented it is necessary to have knowledge of physiology and cell biology of plants, in-depth knowledge of of transcription and translation of genetic information and of the structure of DNA and RNA.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide in-depth knowledge on the molecular mechanisms regulating plant development and cellular responses to external stimuli (environmental/stress). In the lab work, practical techniques and approaches to the study of molecular biology and physiology of plants will be acquired both in Arabidopsis and crops (grapevine, rice).
Examination methods: Oral test
Assessment criteria: For the evaluation, participation in class (questions, comments), preparation, properties of language, correctness and accuracy of oral exposition and logical reasoning ability is taken into account.
Course unit contents: Arabidopsis thaliana: a model system for the study of and physiology molecular biology of plants. The study of signal transduction in plants: tools and technologies.
Origin and evolution of cultivated plants.
Anatomy of the genomes of plants: peculiarities of the nuclear genomes, organelle genomes: structure and regulation of gene expression. The polyploidy in plants. Apomixis.
Sexual reproduction and propagation. Molecular mechanisms that control male sterility and self-incompatibility.
Epigenetic mechanisms of regulation of gene expression. Transcriptional and Post-Transcriptional Gene silencing. Vernalization as an example of epigenetic regulation of development in plants.
Programmed cell death in plant. Senescence. Pathogen attack and defense response.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures, scientific papers suggested by the teacher, laboratory activities.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Recommended books, lecture notes for the laboratory work, powerpoint slides of the lectures.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Buchanan et al., Biochimica e Biologia molecolare dei vegetali. --: Editore Zanichelli, 2004. Edizione Italiana Cerca nel catalogo
  • MJ Chrispeels, DE Sadava, Genetica, biotecnologie ed agricoltura sostenibile. --: Editore Idelson-Gnocchi, 2005. Edizione Italiana Cerca nel catalogo
  • Smith et al., Biologia delle piante. --: Editore Zanichelli, 2011. Edizione Italiana Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Climate Action Life on Land