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Forest Botany

Curriculum Curriculum unico
Learnings UNICO
Academic Year 2018/2019
Scientific Disciplinary Sector BIO/03
Year First year
Time unit Second semester
Class hours 60
Educational activity Basic training activities

Single group

The Forest Botany has the objective to acquire the knowledge on biodiversity at the species level that characterize the Italian forests. Such knowledge are the fundamental cultural knowledge to address the complex problems of management and protection of the forest.
Forest botany studies morpholy, biology, reproduction and systematic of vascular plants with forest interest. Particular attention is paid to wood species characterizing the Italian forest vegetation bat also the main exotic species of silvicultural or ornamental importance are examined.
The discipline also studies autoecological and synecological characteristics of the wood species that allow you to place them in well-defined phytogeographical contexts.

Knowledge and understanding
Ability to recognize biodiversity of woody plants based on morphological characteristics. The knowledge gained represents the fundamental cultural baggage to deal with the complex problems of landscape management and Italian forest vegetation.

Applying knowledge and understanding
Autonomy in the use of knowledge for the solution of applied problems of particular importance for the forestry farm, conservation of natural resources, land management and green space.

Making judgments
Ability to evaluate the biological and ecological characteristics of different wood species and choosing those appropriate to the specific environment and / or production activities.

Communication skills
Ability to use the knowledge gained in communicating professional activities, in relating with other specialized technical figures, in the analysis and planning of practical activities related to forestry, the green management and natural resources conservation.

Learning ability
Ability to use the knowledge gained in the Forest Botany in the study of other specialized courses of the forest sector: General and Special Forestry, Forest management, Forest geobotany, etc. Ability to independently update their training by consulting the scientific literature and lists of websites specialized.

GENERAL INFORMATION ON STRUCTURE AND BIOLOGY OF THE WOOD SPECIES. Stem. Habit of trees. Branching: monopodial or sympodial, basitonic or crotonic, macroblasts and brachyblasts. Xylem. Softwood and hardwood. Annual rings. Ring-porous and diffuse. Sapwood and heartwood. Phloem. Bark. Gems. Morphology of the flower. Seed. Dormancy and germination. Seedlings. Leaves morphology and classification. Fruit and classification of fruits.
GYMNOSPERMS : ontogenetic cycle , systematic and taxonomy.
FAMILIES, GENERA AND SPECIES OF FOREST INTEREST. Taxaceae (Taxus); Podocarpaceae (Podocarpus); Araucariaceae (Araucaria); Cephaotaxaceae (Cephalotaxus, Torreya); Pinaceae (Abies, Picea, Cedrus, Larix, Pinus, Tsuga, Pseudotsuga, Pseudolarix); Taxodiaceae (Taxodium, Sequoia, Sequoiadendron, Metasequoia, Cryptomeria) Cupressaceae (Cupressus, Thuja, Thujopsis, Chamaecyparis, Juniperus).
Exercise on the topics covered.
ANGIOSPERMS: ontogenetic cycle, systematic and taxonomy.
FAMILIES, GENERA AND SPECIES OF FOREST INTEREST: Fagaceae (Fagus, Castanea; Quercus, Nothofagus); Corylaceae (Carpinus, Ostrya, Corylus); Betulaceae (Betula, Alnus); Salicaceae (Populus, Salix); Magnoliaceae (Magnolia, Liriodendron); Platanaceae (Platanus); Hamamelidaceae (Liquidambar); Ulmaceae (Celtis, Ulmus, Zelkova); Aceraceae (Acer); Tiliaceae (Tilia); Oleaceae (Fraxinus, Olea); Juglandaceae (Juglans); Myrtaceae (Eucalyptus, Myrtus), Anacardiaceae (Pistacia); Tamaricaceae (Tamarix); Apocinaceae (Nerium); Rosaceae (Sorbus, Pyrus, Crataegus, Prunus, Rubus, Rosa, Malus, Mespilus); Caprifoliaceae (Viburnum, Lonicera), Fabaceae (Robinia, Spartium, Teline, Cytisus, Genista); Mimosaceae (Acacia, Mimosa); Cesalpinaceae (Ceratonia, Cercis); Ericaceae (Arbutus, Erica); Arecaceae (Chamaerops, Phoenix, Washingtonia).
Exercise on the topics covered.
NOTES ON THE BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION. Red Lists. International environmental conventions: the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Washington Convention (CITES), the Habitats Directive 43/92 .
Gellini R., Grossoni P., 1996. Botanica Forestale. CEDAM Padova. Vol. I & II.

Baroni E., 1981. Guida botanica d'Italia. Cappelli, Bologna.
Banfi. E., Consolino F., 2008. Alberi. De Agostini.
Banfi. E., Consolino F., 2000. La flora mediterranea. De Agostini.

Pignatti S., 1982. Flora d’Italia, 3 voll. Edagricole.
Rameau J.-C., Mansion D., Dumé G., 1989. Flore forestière française - Tome 1. Plaines et collines. Guide écologique illustré. Institut pour le développement forestier.
Rameau J.-C., Mansion D., Dumé G., 1993. Flore forestière française - Tome 2. Montagnes. Guide écologique illustré . Institut pour le développement forestier.
Rameau J.-C., Mansion D., Dumé G., 2008. Flore forestière française - Tome 3. Région méditerranéenne. Guideécologique illustré . Institut pour le développement forestier.

Notes on forest dendroflora provided by the teacher.
Traditional teaching method Yes
Distance teaching method No
Mandatory attendance No
Written examination evaluation No
Oral examination evaluation Yes
Aptitude test evaluation No
Project evaluation No
Internship evaluation No
Evaluation in itinere No
Practice Test No

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