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Teaching: Crop science

Degree CourseDegree course in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences [L-25] D. M. 270/2004
LocationPerugia
CurriculumVERDE ORNAMENTALE - Regulations 2014
Person in chargeProfessor not present
Modules
PrerequisitesInformation currently not available - Italian version
Assessment methods

final oral exam and, in case, written mid term test

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

Check the Faculty web site http://www.agr.unipg.it/

Recommended optional coursesInformation currently not available - Italian version

Module: Field crops

LecturerPaolo BENINCASA
TypeSpecific formative activities
AreaDISCIPLINE DELLA PRODUZIONE VEGETALE
SectorAGR/02
ECTS6
Implementation proceduresConventional
Course content

The aim of the course is to provide students with specific knowledge on arable field crops.
In particular students will be provided with: knowledge on arable cropping systems, plant species and production chains; knowledge on economic importance and diffusion of arable crops; knowledge on the implications that agricultural techniques may have on the agro-ecosystem; agronomical and technological abilities on the arable crop cultivation. Moreover students will be educated at identifying the main cultivated species.

Lectures (45 hours)
A description will be given on the general traits of the main groups of crops (food, industrial
and forage crops). For each group, some species will be described in detail, taking into consideration the most cultivated on the national and global scale and meaningful from a teaching point of view (case studies). The description of these species will concern: morphology, phylogenesis, biology, soil and climate needs, eco-physiology, abiotic and biotic disease, objectives and perspectives of breeding, cultivation technique (rotation, tillage, fertilization, choice of cultivar, sowing, weed control, irrigation and other operations, harvest). In particular, for any species evidence will be given to the main issues and weak points of cultivation and to the interactions between the choice of cultivar, the cultivation technique, the yield and quality. Moreover the description of any species will also consider the possible modifications on the cultivation technique related to the cropping system (conventional, organic) and to the several utilization of the product: human or livestock feeding, direct utilization or after industrial processing, non-food crops (biomass, biofuel, lubricants), seed crops, green manure crops, phyto-remediation, etc. For this reason, some information will be given also for "minor" species that could be usefully introduced in the usual arable cropping systems.

List of species
- Winter cereals: soft wheat, durum wheat, barley for fodder and beer, notes on other species (oat, rye, triticosecale, spelt) 
- Summer cereals: rice, maize, sorghum, notes on other species (millets, buckwheat, etc.) 
- Grain legumes: pea, common beans, notes on other species (faba bean, lentil, chickpea, lupin) 
- Oil crops: soybean, canola, sunlower, notes on other species (peanut, safflower, linseed, castor bean, sesame, other Cruciferae)
- Sugar crops: sugarbeet, notes on sugarcane 
- Notes on cotton and other fibre crops
- Tobacco
- Forage crops: Description and classification of forage crops, utilizations, and processing; cultivation technique of alfa alfa; notes on other forage legumes (clovers, sulla, sainfoin, vetch, etc.) grasses (tall fescue, perennial ryegrass, italian ryegrass) and other species (Cruciferae, Chenopodiaceae, etc) 


Practical tasks (15 hours)
- identification of seeds and plants of species 
- Solving of practical cases concerning arable crops
- Observation on crops under way and cultivation operations

Prerequisite: Agronomy

Supplement

Description of the most widespread and meaningful species of arable crops (cereals, legumes, oil crops, industrial crops, forages) with regard to morphology, biology and eco-physiology; cultivation techniques as related to cultivar, yield and quality; objectives and perspectives of breeding

Mode of delivery

Lectures 45
Practice in the classroom 6
Pactice in the field 9



Means to help teaching and learning
Overheads, slides and videos
Technical and scientific papers
Books
Drafts
Seeds and plants of around 50 plant species

Learning
Study on reference books
Reading of technical and scientific papers
Practicing for technical abilities
Practicing for professional abilities

Recommended reading

1. Drafts by the lecturer
2. Bonciarelli F. Coltivazioni erbacee da pieno campo. Ed agricole
3. papers from scientific and technical journals

Learning outcomes

Knowledge (most important issues)
1. Knowledge on agroecosystems and biological systems at the basis of production activities
2. knowledge of arable crop systems
3. knowledge of production chains for the most important arable crops
4. knowledge of botanical and biological traits of the most important arable crops
5. Knowledge of soil and climate needs and of cultivation areas of the most important arable crops
6. Knowledge of abiotic and biotic diseases of the most important arable crops
7. Knowledge of breeding activity and perspectives for the most important arable crops
8. Deepen knowledge cultivation technique for the most important arable crops
9. Knowledge of environmental and health implications of arable crop production
10. Knowledge of yield quality aspects for the most important arable crops
11. Knowledge of traditional and advanced analytical methods and techniques in agronomy
12. Knowledge of basic and applied research activity in agronomy
13. Knowledge of professional and project activities

Abilities (most important issues)
1. How to develop ideas and projects and how to manage technical and scientific projects on agronomical subjects
2. How to work in autonomy and responsabilità in a project
3. How to control cultivar traits of crops
4. How to control agro-ecosystems by adopting rational cultivation techniques
5. How to analyse and synthesize a subject
6. how to organize and plan
7. How to solve problem
8. Communication skills
9. Hoe to interact and implement with other professionals (ecologists, genetists, economists, etc.)

Behaviours (most important issues)
1. Consciousness of ethical and social implications of our own actions
2. Consciousness of environmental implications of our own actions
3. Consciousness of our own responsibilities
4. Consciousness of the need for a continuous update and itegration of our own technical and scientifical knowledge

Teaching period

The course should start on 23 february 2015, for possible changes see the Faculty website www.agr.unipg.it
end 15 may 2015, excepted for possible changes on the provisional lectures timetable

Teaching calendar

The provisional timetable of lectures and practices will be presented at the beginning of the course and fixed in agreement with students


Teaching supportInformation currently not available - Italian version
Teaching languageItalian
Attendance

Attendance to lectures is recommended but not compulsory.

Seat

Lectures will be held at the Faculty of Agriculture (presumably in room 4), some practices will be held outdoor at the faculty of Agriculture or in the fields. For further details and updates see the Faculty website www.agr.unipg.it

Hours
Theoretical
45
Practical
0
Individual study
90
Integration to teaching activity
15
Total
150
Year3
PeriodII semestre
NotesInformation currently not available - Italian version
Consulting hours

Tuesday  9.30 - 11.30. Moreover Prof. Benincasa is available to receive everyday by appointment previously fixed by e-mail (paolo.benincasa@unipg.it) o telephone (075 5856325)

Consulting location

 

Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie ed Ambientali - Professor's room at the ex Sezione di Agronomia 

ECTS code2014 - 1614

Module: Vegetable production and floriculture

LecturerFrancesco TEI
TypeSpecific formative activities
AreaDISCIPLINE DELLA PRODUZIONE VEGETALE
SectorAGR/02
ECTS6
Implementation proceduresConventional
Course content

Vegetable production in the world, EU and Italy. Features and classification of vegetables. Types of vegetable production.
Floriculture: market and trends.
Systems, methods and techniques of growing in vegetable production and floriculture.
Mulching and protected cultivation.
Transplant production. Soilless cultures (fundamentals).
Peculiar aspects of agronomic management in vegetable crops and floriculture: crop rotation and production scheduling; irrigation, nutrition and fertilization; fertigation; plant growth and development in floriculture; harvesting.
Post-harvest in vegetables and flowers: physiological aspects; storage; destination of vegetables; quality.
Case studies in vegetable production and floriculture.
Technical visits to farms, markets, industries for processing.

Supplement

This study units provides basic knowledge on technical aspects in vegetable production and floriculture

Mode of delivery

Theoretical lessons and practical training; seminars; field trips; laboratory

Recommended reading

Accati Garibaldi E. (1993) Trattato di Floricoltura. Edagricole, Bologna.
Accati Garibaldi E. (1985) Le piante fiorite in vaso. Edagricole, Bologna.
Bianco V.V., Pimpini F. (1990) Orticoltura. Pàtron Editore, Bologna.
Siviero P., Trentini L. (2006) Orticoltura. Dalle scelte varietali alle tecniche di coltivazione e difesa. Edagricole, Bologna.
Tesi R. (1994) Principi di orticoltura e ortaggi d'Italia. Edagricole, Bologna.
Tesi R. (2008) Colture protette - ortoflorovivaismo in ambiente mediterraneo . Edagricole, Bologna.
Tesi R. (2010) Orticoltura Mediterranea sostenibile. Pàtron Editore, Bologna.
Trentini L., Sitta G. (2001) Orticoltura specializzata. Edagricole, Bologna.
Power Point presentations of the lectures.

Learning outcomes

This study unit will allow students to grasp the basic principles of the cultivation techniques in vegetable production and floriculture with particular emphasis on the impact on the environment and health of operators and consumers in order to define sustainable production schemes.

Teaching period

see the website of the Dept of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences at www.agr.unipg.it

Teaching calendar

see the website of the Dept of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences at www.agr.unipg.it

Teaching supportInformation currently not available - Italian version
Teaching languageItalian
Attendance

Optional

Seat

Dept of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, Research Unit of Agronomy and Crop Sciences.
Borgo XX giugno 74
06121 Perugia
Italy

Hours
Theoretical
45
Practical
0
Individual study
90
Integration to teaching activity
15
Total
150
Year3
PeriodII semestre
NotesInformation currently not available - Italian version
Consulting hours

Monday to Friday: 9-13

Consulting location

Dep. Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences - Research Unit of  Agronomy and Crop Sciences

ECTS code2014 - 1615

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