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Teaching: Genetics and plant breeding

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

Final   oral evaluation

Examinations' grades statistics

Students attending the course normally get good final results

Examinations' dates

Not ready at the moment

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

Introduction to Genetics. Genotype and phenotype. Concept of species. Organization and trasmission of the genetic material. Nucleic acids. DNA replication.
Cell cycle, mitosis, meiosis and cromosome assortment. RNA transcription. Translation and genetic code. Mutations.
Mendelian Genetics. Dominance. Segregation. Random assortment. Chromosomic theory of heridity. Asscoiation and recombination of linked genes. Genetic maps. Multiple alleles.
Population genetics. Hardy-Weinberg laws. Forces that change frequencies in populations: mutation, natural selection, migration, random mating, population size and genetic drift.
Heterosis and inbreeding.
Genetics of Quantitative traits. Johannsen and East experiments. How do environments affect quantitative traits.
Genetic structure of population.
Biodiversity ane genetic resources. Incompatibility and male sterility. population genetic structure.
Breeding methods.
Genetic aspects of seed production. Recombinant DNA techniques. Molecular markers. OGM.


Genetic material. Cell cycle. Mitosis and meiosis. Mendelian genetics. Population genetics. Genetics of quantitative traits. Biodiversity and genetic resources. Breeding methods. Molecular aspects of seed production

Mode of delivery

Classroom lessons and praticals in Laboratory and in experimental field

Recommended reading

. Barcaccia e Falcinelli. Genetica e genomica, Vol. I e Vol. II. Liguori Editore
2. Russel. Genetica. Pearson
3. Lorenzetti, Ceccarelli, Veronesi. Genetica Agraria. Patron Editore

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student should be able to have basic knowledges on the genetic material, Cell cycle, Mitosis and meiosis, Mendelian genetics. To know and apply the bases of population genetics and of genetics of quantitative traits. Moreover the student should be able to set a breeding program and to identify the genetic and molecular tools to improve his/her breeding method.

Teaching period

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Teaching calendar

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Teaching support

Ppt presentation distributed by the Professor

Teaching languageItalian



Facoltà di Agraria, Borgo XX Giugno 74, Perugia

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

Monday 3.30-5.30 PM

Consulting location

Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences

Research Unit  Agricultural Genetics and Genetic Biotechnology

ECTS code2014 - 1565

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