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Ornamental arboriculture and urban forestry
Code: G000K-
Teacher:  Alessio Fini
Year:   
Term: 
CFU: 
CFU subdivision: Lectures: 6
Basic aims:  The course of ornamental arboriculture and urban forestry
focuses on two specific issues: it studies the tree in the urban
environment and urban green areas when they are managed,
designed and maintained.
The main objectives of the course are a depth knowledge of the
ornamental tree planted in urban and peri-urban environments,
intrinsic and extrinsic problems of planting sites as well as the
study of functions, types, problems, use and maintenance of
urban green spaces. A further objective is the study of the main
ornamental species of trees and shrubs used.
Acquired skills:  The course is aimed to provide all the tools necessaryfor the deep
analysis of an urban green space, in order to lay out the correct
criteria ofrecovering and management of the urban greenspaces.
The student will be able to choose the correct plant species to use
in every ornamental urban and peri-urban reality. He will be deeply
acknowledged about tree biology and physiology, problems of the
planting site, the evaluation and assessment of tree stability
Course contents:  I. Roles and benefits of urban green areas: ecosystem services
and disservices, environmental, social, cultural, sanitary, and
economic benefits
II. Planning and governance of urban greening: types of green
areas, public engagement
III. Trees in the urban environment: biotic and abiotic stress,
planting site assessment, species selection, and planting
techniques.
IV: Management of urban green areas: pruning, irrigation,
fertilization, reduction of conflicts with the built environment
V: Tree risk assessment, wood decay, and management of
veteran trees
Program:  I. Roles and benefits of urban green areas: ecosystem services
and disservices, environmental, social, cultural, sanitary, and
economic benefits
II. Planning and governance of urban greening: types of green
areas, public engagement
III. Trees in the urban environment: biotic and abiotic stress,
planting site assessment, species selection, and planting
techniques.
IV: Management of urban green areas: pruning, irrigation,
fertilization, reduction of conflicts with the built environment
V: Tree risk assessment, wood decay, and management of
veteran trees
Prerequisites:  Adequate knowledge of plant physiology, botany and agronomy
Preparatory instructions:  Info not available
Learning materials:  Notes of the lessos (Attendence and active participation is
strongly recommended).
Useful texts:

1. Ferrini, F., Konijnendijk van Den Bosch C., Fini A. Routledge
Handbook of Urban Forestry. Routledge
2. Harris J.R., Clark J., Matheny N.P.; Arboriculture. Prentice Hall
Other info:  The exam consists of an oral examination on all the topics
presented during the course, including technical tours and seminars
that have eventually been organized during the course.The
interview will be represented by questions
that will assess the knowledge of the subjects and ability to apply
the concepts learned during lectures to the reality of the urban
environment
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