Food technology and biotechnology
Study-unit Code
Tecnologie olivicolo-olearie
Eric Conti
Course Regulation
Coorte 2024
Type of study-unit
Obbligatorio (Required)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa integrata


Code A002149
Teacher Eric Conti
  • Eric Conti
  • 27 ore - Eric Conti
Learning activities Affine/integrativa
Area Attività formative affini o integrative
Academic discipline AGR/11
Type of study-unit Obbligatorio (Required)
Language of instruction Italian
Contents Basic and applied knowledge on insects and other animal pests of olive trees and oil industry. Information will be provided on the biology and on the quantitative and qualitative damages caused by the different species. In addition, notions on different monitoring techniques and protection strategies will be provided.
Reference texts Teaching material provided by the lecturer.
Educational objectives The course aims to provide basic and applied knowledge on insects and other animal pests of olive tree and oil industry. It also aims to give the student a complete view of the activities and problems concerning the control of harmful species in order to reduce losses while maintaining the quality and healthiness of food.
Prerequisites Outlines of general Entomology
Teaching methods Face-face lectures using video-projection. Laboratory experience.
Discussion of scientific articles. Field and industry excursions if possible.
Other information NA
Learning verification modality The evaluation of the students is carried out with an oral exam of
about 30 minutes on the topics discussed during the lessons. The following skills will be evaluated: language, capacity to make links and find solutions.
Extended program LESSONS
Outlines of General and Applied Entomology.
Main arthropods pests of olive: Bactrocera oleae, Saissetia oleae, Prays oleae, Palpita unionalis,Phleotribus scarabeoides, Hylesinus oleiperda, Otiorrhynchus cribricollis, Resseliella oleisuga, Liothrips oleae, pathogen vectors, secondary scale pests, Zeuzera pyrina, Halyomorpha halys; other secondary species.
Outlines of the main vertebrate and invertebrates pests of the oil industry.

Laboratory observations will be carried out to provide a practical knowledge of the morphology of the organisms studied during the frontal lessons. Observations will be conducted by examining photographic material and specimens prepared and / or collected in the field and then observed on the binocular for the recognition of the taxonomic groups of interest. Visits to conventional and intensive olive groves with different management systems will be carried out (IPM, organic).
Obiettivi Agenda 2030 per lo sviluppo sostenibile 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15


Code A002151
Teacher Giovanni Beccari
  • Giovanni Beccari
  • 27 ore - Giovanni Beccari
Learning activities Affine/integrativa
Area Attività formative affini o integrative
Academic discipline AGR/12
Type of study-unit Obbligatorio (Required)
Language of instruction Italian
Contents a) Overview of the main abiotic and biotic diseases of olive;
b) Laboratory exercises with the execution of the main phytopathological analyses and surveys at olive farms.
Reference texts a) Material provided by the teachers on unistudium platform;
b) Matta A., Buonaurio R., Scala A., 2017. Fondamenti di Patologia vegetale. Patron Editore, Bologna, 490 pp.
c) Belli G., 2007. Elementi di Patologia vegetale. Piccin Nuova Libraria, Padova, 407 pp.
d) Pollini A., 2024. Micopatologia e micologia. Edagricole, Bologna, 751 pp.
Educational objectives The objective of this course is to provide the basis to acquire the follow EXPERTISE:
a) Main diseases of olive;
b) Main diagnostic techniques to identify causal agents of olive diseases;
c) Main techniques of disease management of olive diseases;
Furthermore, on the base of the previous expertise, the objective of this course is also to provide the follow SKILLS:
a) Development of a diagnostic protocol to identify the main pathogens of olive;
b) Development of integrated management strategies of the main diseases of olive.
Prerequisites The knowledge of the English language is very useful to further investigate the various topics of this course by reading scientific articles.
Teaching methods This course is 27 hours long, distinct in:
a) 21 hours of theoretical lessons;
b) 6 hours of technical-practical exercises.
The theoretical lessons will concern all the arguments exposed in the program. The exercises will introduce the students to the main laboratory analyses useful to verify the phytosanitary condition of different vegetable samples and of different tissues of olive trees. Furthermore, will be carried out experimental field visits and olive farm to evaluate the phytosanitary conditions of olive.
Other information For the location and time of lessons, please look at the website: http://www.agr.unipg.it/newpro/calendario_lezioni.htm. The lesson frequency is strongly recommended. For each necessity please contact the teachers by e-mail (giovanni.beccari@unipg.it; chiaraluce.moretti@unipg.it) or phone (+39 075 585 64 73; 075 585 64 67).
Learning verification modality The student examination will be realized by a final oral exam, consisting of an open interview (about 30 minutes long). The interview will verify the knowledge level of the course topics.
For information about support service for students with disability please visit page http://www.unipg.it/disabilita-e-dsa
Extended program 1) Main abiotic diseases of olive:
a) thermal stresses;
b) nutritional disorders.
2) Main viral diseases of olive:
a) Olive latent ringspot virus (OLRSV);
b) Olive latent virus 1-2-3 (OLV 1-2-3);
c) Olive vein yellowing-associated virus (OVYaV);
d) Olive yellow mottling and decline-associated virus (OLMDaV);
e) Olive leaf yellowing-associated virus (OLYaV);
f) Other viral diseases.
4) Main bacterial diseases of olive:
a) Quick decline syndrome of olive (Xylella fastidiosa)
b) Olive knot disease (Pseudomonas savastanoi pv. savastanoi)
5) Main oomycete diseases of olive:
a) Root and crown rot of olive (Phytophtora spp.).
6) Main fungal diseases of olive:
a) Peacock spot (Venturia oleagina);
b) Verticillium wilt (Verticillium spp.);
c) Cercospora leaf spot (Pseudocercospora cladosporioides);
d) Olive anthracnose (Colletotrichum spp.);
e) Olive wood decay (several fungal genera involved);
f) Other fungal diseases.
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