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Course unit
SCP9088066, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
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
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
Mandatory attendance
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 ELIDE FORMENTIN BIO/04
Other lecturers MICHELA ZOTTINI BIO/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines BIO/04 Vegetal Physiology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second 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 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: None
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge of the strategies implemented by plant organisms in response to various abiotic environmental stresses in a context of the climate change. Students will also have the opportunity to present a scientific work selected from the current scientific literature. A session will be dedicated to laboratory activities to investigate some aspects of the issues addressed during the course.
Examination methods: The exam is divided into two parts:
1. presentation and critical analysis of some literature works.
2. written exam on the course contents.
Assessment criteria: The acquired knowledge will be assessed through the evaluation of the critical analysis of the paper presented. The ability to transmit the acquired knowledge will be evaluated not only in terms of contents but also in terms of their re-elaboration.
Course unit contents: Plant biotechnologies:
- Introduction to environmental stresses with focus on abiotic stresses.
- Introduction to the mechanisms of water and solutes transport through biological membranes.
- Responses of plants to environmental stresses: specifically, the topics of water stress and oxidative stress at the molecular level will be addressed.
- Molecular physiology of mineral nutrients, their absorption, transport and use.
- Toxicity of pollutants and plant responses.
- Genetic improvement for the use of plants for phytoremediation and cultivation in marginal soils.

- Use of plants to decontaminate soil and water by containing, degrading or removing the contaminant.
- Examples of application of phytoremediation techniques.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: In the first part of the course the teacher will provide an overview of the contents. In the second part more specific aspects will be discussed by analysing recent works of the scientific literature.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Students will be given slides of the lessons, and some works published in scientific journals.
Texts will also be suggested for the revision of basic topics of physiology and molecular biology of plants.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Bob B. Buchanan (Editor), Wilhelm Gruissem (Editor), Russell L. Jones (Editor), Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plants, 2nd Edition. --: --, --. ISBN: 978-0-470-71421-8 Cerca nel catalogo

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Clean Water and Sanitation Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action Life on Land