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Teaching: Systematic Botany and Geobotany

Degree CourseDegree course in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences [L-25] D. M. 270/2004
CurriculumAGRICOLTURA SOSTENIBILE - Regulations 2014
PrerequisitesInformation currently not available - Italian version
Assessment methods

oral exam

Examinations' grades statisticsInformation currently not available - Italian version
Examinations' dates

Please check on: http://www.agr.unipg.it/newpro/calendario_esami.htm

Recommended optional coursesInformation currently not available - Italian version
LecturerDomizia DONNINI
TypeBasic formative activities
Implementation proceduresConventional
Course content

Lesson plans 
The role of plant organisms, biodiversity and humans plant use. 
Notions of systematic botany: Division, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species, botanical nomenclature. Selection, new species, asexual propagation. Sexual reproduction, ontogenetic cycles.  Classification of kingdoms: Monera, Protisti, Fungi, Plantae, Animalia.

Mushroom Kingdom: observations vegetative apparatus, systems of nutrition, propagation and breeding, ontogenetic cycles. Systematic division, their importance in the environment and nutrition, cultivation of fungi and poisonous fungi. Lichens: morphology, characteristics of the structure and functions in the environment, their role as biomarkers. Pteridophyta and Bryophyta: ontogenetic cycle and morphological characteristics of the main species. Cormofite: organization and structure. Morphology of plant organs: the bud, the leaves, the root. Metamorphosis of the corm and adaptations to environmental factors. The Spermatophyta, character evolution, the seed classification. The Gymnospermae: description, ecology, importance in terms of environment, agriculture and forestry and household food: Gingkoaceae, Taxodiaceae, Pinaceae and Cupressaceae. The Angiospermae: flowers and inflorescences, sexual reproduction, fruits, seeds. Dried fruits and fleshy fruit, aggregate and false fruits. Systematics of the Angiospermae. 
Description, ecology, use, importance in terms of food, environment, agriculture and forestry of the following families: Fagaceae, Betulaceae, Corylaceae, Juglandaceae, Rosaceae, Cruciferae, Oleaceae, Vitaceae, Cucurbitaceae, Chenopodiaceae, Labiatae, Leguminosae, Compositae, Solanaceae, Umbelliferae, Gramineae, Liliaceae, Iridaceae, Amaryllidaceae.

Elements of Geobotany: concept of flora and vegetation, biological and chorological forms, range, endemic species, biological and chorological spectra. Principles of the science of vegetation.

Detailed program of "exercises" 
 Use of keys analytical determination. Description of the structure of the Gymnospermae and identification of the principal botanical species. 
Meaning, importance and techniques of herbarium preparation. 
Identification of the main species of the families of Angiospermae using botanical guide. 
Field trip to identificate the most important wild and cultivate Spermathophyta.


Knowledge on systematic botany and geobotany, kingdom of fungi, kingdom of plants, life cycles, morphology of plants. Classification, description, characterization, relevance for food and cultivation of most important botanical families. Lectures to transfer the base scientific knowledge on origin of foods plants, drawing attention to practical examples and engaging students in understanding the power plant component. Identification of the species included in the families considered. Creation of herbarium. Educational visit and field trips in order to transfer the ability to recognize the main food species directly in the field and in their natural habit.

Mode of delivery

face-to-face, practical training, field trips

Recommended reading

Class notes and material provided by the teacher
1. PASQUA G., ABBATE G., FORNI C. - Botanica Generale e Diversità Vegetale. II edizione, Piccin. 2011
2. TRIPODI G. - Introduzione alla Botanica Sistematica. 2006
3. BARONI E.- Guida Botanica d'Italia. 1969

Learning outcomes

Knowing the most important cultivated food species
Knowing the toxic and/or poisonous species
Knowing the aromatic species
Knowing the reproductive cycles
Knowing the mode of propagation of the species
Knowing the distribution of the main food species
Understanding the taxonomy of the food species
Knowing the origin of the major processed food products
Knowing the plant biodiversity
Identifying the plant species
Preparation of macro and microscopic slides in laboratory
Identifying various fruits
Distinguishing the different plant structures
Identifying the origin of plant metamorphosed structures
Making an herbarium
Applying basic knowledge
Agreeing with other professionals

Teaching period

from 02/03/15 to 31/05/2015, checking on the website of Department of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Teaching calendar

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Teaching supportInformation currently not available - Italian version
Teaching languageItalian



Department of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, Borgo XX Giugno, 74 - 06121 Perugia

Individual study
Integration to teaching activity
PeriodII semestre
NotesInformation currently not available - Italian version
Consulting hours

Every Thursday from 10 to 12 am, on other days and times by appointment via email: domizia.donnini@unipg.it

Consulting location

Department of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences - Laboratory of Applied Micology and Systematic Botany

ECTS code2014 - 1593

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