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ETHNOBOTANY

CODE 102040
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 2 cfu during the 2nd year of 11158 BIOLOGIA APPLICATA E SPERIMENTALE(LM-6) - GENOVA
  • 2 cfu during the 2nd year of 10589 CONSERVAZIONE E GESTIONE DELLA NATURA(LM-60) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR BIO/01
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The course takes into consideration the basic notions of ethnobotany, a discipline that studies the traditions and popular uses related to plant species in various sectors, in particular medicinal and veterinary plants and wild food plants (phytoalimurgy).

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Basics aspects of Ethnobotany, a discipline that studies traditions and popular uses related to plant species, in particular in the medical/veterinary and food fields. Introduction to phytoalymurgy, survey of wild plants for food use and examples of their uses in typical regional dishes. Value of wild plants as functional food, i.e. a healthy supplement to the diet, thanks to the presence of specific components and/or secondary metabolites.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Attendance and participation in the planned activities (lectures and field activities/educational visits) will allow the student to acquire the necessary knowledge to deepen issues related to ethnobotany and phytoalimurgy.

    Specifically, the student will be able to:

    - know the ethnobotanical investigation methodologies;

    -describe and identify the main wild plants of ethnobotanical and phytoalimurgical use in the Mediterranean environment, with examples of their different uses.

    -to learn the importance of a correct identification of plants, to avoid confusion with poisonous plants that are a source of intoxication.

    - understand the value of wild plants as functional foods that can represent a healthy supplement to the diet;

    - understand the value of ethnobotanical heritage also as a cultural and economic resource.

    PREREQUISITES

    Basic knowledge of general and systematic botany is required to effectively address the teaching content.

    TEACHING METHODS

    The teaching consists of lectures delivered through multimedia presentations and field activities or educational visits (Museums, Study Center, Company in the sector, etc.) which will be agreed upon during the course. Attending lectures and exercises is strongly recommended.

    Please refer to the AulaWeb specific teaching request for any updates due to changes in the health and epidemiological situation.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The program includes the presentation and discussion of the following topics:

    -Introduction to ethnobotany: materials and sources for ethnobotanical research, methods and data processing. Traditional use and enhancement of wild plants in the Mediterranean environment, with particular reference to species of medicinal, veterinary and food interest.

    - Wild plants of medicinal interest and their bioactive compounds; uses in folk medicine (phytotherapy). Interest in the herbal and cosmetic sector.

    -Food plants: correct identification of the main wild food plants and examples of their use in typical regional dishes.

    - Health properties and importance of spontaneous plants as functional foods, thanks to the presence of specific components and/or secondary metabolites. Typical gastronomic products based on spontaneous plants.

    -Examples of ethnobotanical research in diversified contexts.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Lesson slides and other teaching material (texts and selected scientific papers) will be available on the AulaWeb site as .pdf files.

    As a support and in-depth text it is suggested:

    -Caneva G., Pieroni A. e  Guarrera P.M. “Etnobotanica- Conservazione di un patrimonio culturale come risorsa per uno sviluppo sostenibile". EDIPUGLIA , Bari 2013.

    -Camangi F. et al. Piante spontanee d'uso alimentare. Edizioni ETS, 2017.

     

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    LAURA CORNARA (President)

    GABRIELE AMBU

    PAOLA MALASPINA (President Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    For lessons start and timetable go to the link: https://easyacademy.unige.it/portalestudenti/

    Please check the module Aulaweb page for timetable updates dependent on the sanitary and epidemic situation.

     

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The exam consists of a written part (in the form of a paper or test) and the subsequent oral discussion.

    The paper relates to the topics and activities carried out during the course, and will allow to ascertain the degree of knowledge and mastery of the subject.

    Please refer to the AulaWeb for any updates due to changes in the health and epidemiological situation.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    Details on how to prepare for the exam and the degree of in-depth analysis required for each topic will be provided at the beginning of the course and reiterated during lessons.

    Through writing (paper/test) and oral discussion it will be possible to verify the degree of knowledge of the subject and of the survey methodologies. The student must be able to integrate the knowledge acquired during the lectures with the skills acquired in the course of activities in the field or didactic visits carried out.

     

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    26/01/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    09/02/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    13/06/2023 11:00 GENOVA Orale
    27/06/2023 11:00 GENOVA Orale
    11/07/2023 11:00 GENOVA Orale
    25/07/2023 11:00 GENOVA Orale
    22/09/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Regular attendance at lessons and exercises (field trips and/or educational visits) is strongly recommended.