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CODE 84030
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR BIO/01
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 2° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The course deepens the knowledge of plant biology, from the cellular to the ecosystem level. The course will analyse the different types of plants and their classification, comparing their structure and life cycles. The course will also cover plant ecology and how plants adapt to their environment.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Knowledge and understanding
The course will deal:
a) basic notions about the cell, tissues and organs;
b) knowledge on the development and organization of plants;
c) knowledge of the different methods of propagation and reproduction of plants, in particular of vascular plants;
d) insights into the main evolutionary lines and botanical nomenclature rules;
e) definition of some plants of the Italian flora, including membership of the taxonomic group and specific environmental characteristics;
f) understanding of the meaning and value of biodiversity.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the course students will be able to:

- describe the features of plant cells;

- make a description and comparison of morphological and anatomical of different plant taxa;

- illustrating the main reproduction processes of Spermatophyta;

- understanding the life processes of Spermatophyta;

- distinguish the main taxonomic groups of the plant kingdom;

-  identify some species belonging to the Italian flora.

TEACHING METHODS

Class lessons, exercises and field experiences. In class exercises examples of plant organs and their modifications will be shown, and the use of dichotomous keys for plant classification will be illustrated. In field experiences, students will have the opportunity of observing and identifying some species introduced during the course.

The presence of students to lessons and field experiences is not mandatory, but strongly advised.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The basic features of plants and the role of these latter in natural environments. Structural and functional organization of plants. Affinities and differences between plants and animals. Structure and functions of plant cells: cell wall, vacuoles, and plastids. Plant tissues and anatomy. Organization and growth of plants: stem, leaf, and root. Plant organs and their modifications;  adaptation to environment.  Life processes of spermatophytes: water balance and transport; development; reproduction. The flower and double fertilization of Angiosperms. Elements of plant taxonomy. The Italian plant communities: main phytocoenoses of the Italian land, their species and distinctive features.    

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Slides

Available in pdf format on AulaWEB

Books

Solomon et al. 2017. Struttura e processi vitali nelle piante , VII ed. EdiSES

VENTURELLI F., VIRLI L., 1995 - Invito alla Botanica, Zanichelli, Bologna

Atlas

SPERANZA A. e CALZONI G. L., 1996. Struttura delle Piante in Immagini. Zanichelli. Bologna

Other useful books
Speranza A. e Calzoni G. L., 1996. Struttura delle Piante in Immagini. Zanichelli. Bologna
GIACOMINI V., FENAROLI L., 1958 - La Flora. Collana "Conosci l'Italia.". Touring Club Italiano,
SIMONETTI G., GOLDSTEIN M., WATSCHINGER M., 1994 - Alberi d'Europa. Mondadori
BANFI E., CONSOLINO F., 1996 - Alberi. De Agostini

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

GABRIELE CASAZZA (President)

ENRICA ROCCOTIELLO

LAURA CORNARA (President Substitute)

LUIGI MINUTO (President Substitute)

LESSONS

LESSONS START

The lessons of the first semester will start from September 23, 2019, and will be completed by January 17, 2020. The lessons of the second semester will start from February 17, 2020 and will end by June 12, 2020. Refer to the detailed timetable below link:

https://easyacademy.unige.it/portalestudenti/

Starting month of Fondamenti di Botanica: November

Class schedule

ELEMENTS OF BOTANY

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

The final vote is the average of the votes of the two tests, the first on the general botany, consisting of a test and identification of plant anatomical parts shown in pictures and the second on the systematic and applied botany.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The exam is aimed at assessing the knowledge of the fundamental elements of the subject, the ability to link the various topics and the mastery of the application aspects

Exam schedule

Data Ora Luogo Degree type Note
07/02/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale
07/02/2022 09:30 GENOVA Compitino
15/02/2022 09:30 GENOVA Compitino
15/02/2022 09:30 GENOVA Compitino
18/02/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale
09/06/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale
10/06/2022 10:00 GENOVA Compitino
10/06/2022 11:00 GENOVA Compitino
10/06/2022 11:00 GENOVA Compitino
10/06/2022 11:00 GENOVA Compitino
20/06/2022 10:00 GENOVA Compitino
20/06/2022 11:00 GENOVA Compitino
20/06/2022 11:00 GENOVA Compitino
21/06/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale
07/07/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale
08/07/2022 10:00 GENOVA Compitino E' possibile dare sia la parte di sistematica sia quella di generale separatamente o entrambe lo stesso giorno
08/07/2022 10:00 GENOVA Compitino E' possibile dare sia la parte di sistematica sia quella di generale separatamente o entrambe lo stesso giorno
21/07/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale
21/07/2022 10:00 GENOVA Compitino E' possibile dare sia la parte di sistematica sia quella di generale separatamente o entrambe lo stesso giorno
21/07/2022 10:00 GENOVA Compitino E' possibile dare sia la parte di sistematica sia quella di generale separatamente o entrambe lo stesso giorno
07/09/2022 10:00 GENOVA Compitino
08/09/2022 09:30 GENOVA Orale
21/09/2022 10:00 GENOVA Compitino

FURTHER INFORMATION

Attendance at lectures and exercises in the classroom and  in the field is strongly recommended