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Fruit Tree Production
Code: G270V-
Teacher:  Ilaria Mignani
Year: 
Term:  1-2 
CFU: 
CFU subdivision: Lectures: 7
Practices in classroom: 0,5
Other: 0,5
Basic aims:  The main topic of the class is to understand the morphology and phyiology of woody plants, their origin, the distribution of their production and commercial uses of cultivated fruit, wood and ornamental trees.
Acquired skills:  The skills acquired in the "Fruit Tree Production" class are the planning and management of fruit tree farms, nurseries, ornamentals, gardens, urban parks.
Course contents:  Morphology, biology and physiology of roots, shoots, leaves, flowers and fruits and their relationships. agronomical techniques of fruit trees growing
Program:  Origin, distribution of their production and commercial uses of cultivated fruit, wood and ornamental trees. Statistics and economy of Italian and European production.-Morphology and physiology of roots, shoots, leaves, flowers and fruits and their relationships.Fases and rates of root and shoot growth and development.-Flower bud formation, flowering, pollination, fruit set, drop, growth and development. Ripening and fruit quality, harvest and storage.-Manipulation of growth and development, planting systems, tree shape and pruning.-Water relations, mineral nutrition, nutritional bilance.-Seed and vegetative propagation, grafting, micropropagation-Effects of environmental factors and soil on fruit growth and development. -Breeding and selection-Introductive pomology of the main species (pome, stone, soft fruits, citrus, kiwi) Practicals Orchard visits at different growth phases.
Prerequisites:  Basal knowledge of Botany and Plant
Preparatory instructions:  Advised: Botany, Biochemistry and Plant Physiology
Learning materials:  -Sansavini S. (editor). 2012. Arboricoltura generale.
- Tromp J., Webster A.D., Wethaim S.J. (Editors). 2005. Fundamentals of Temperate Zone Tree Production. Backuys Publishers, Leiden.
- E. Baldini . 1986. Arboricoltura generale CLUEB, Bologna. - R. Valli. 2000. Arboricoltura generale e speciale, Edagricole, Bologna
Other info:  Frontal lessons supplemented with practicals in orchards. The exam consists of an oral test aimed to assess the student's knowledge on both theoretical and technical aspects of the matter of the different part of the program carried out during the course (morphology, physiology and agronomic techniques) and the field practice.
Teaching language:Italian
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