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ELEMENTS OF BOTANY

CODE 84030
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 5 cfu during the 1st year of 9916 SCIENZE AMBIENTALI E NATURALI (L-32) - GENOVA
  • 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

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    24/01/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    25/01/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    06/02/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    08/02/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    12/04/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    13/06/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    20/06/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    27/06/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    11/07/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    11/07/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    25/07/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    25/07/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    05/09/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    19/09/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale
    21/09/2023 09:30 GENOVA Orale

    FURTHER INFORMATION

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