Management and conservation

A.Y. 2019/2020
14
Max ECTS
144
Overall hours
SSD
AGR/17 AGR/19 VET/05 VET/06
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The teaching activity, divided in four modules, aims to develop a multidisciplinary knowledge of the student in the area of planning and management of farming and  
wildlife systems, for the sustainable use of resources, considering also EU policies. Class teaching, class exercises and field activities contribute to the learning objectives. 
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding of principles of planning and management of farming and wildlife systems.  Capability of making judgements on real and simulated cases.
Course syllabus and organization

Unique edition

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Prerequisites for admission
Before the Course in "Gestione e Conservazione", we suggest to take the courses of "Miglioramento genetico avanzato" and "Parassitologia della fauna selvatica".
Assessement methods and criteria
A single written examination, including exercises and open questions. The final grade is the weighted average of the grades obtained in the four teaching units.
Conservation genetics
Course syllabus
Front classes
Biodiversity: values, conservation strategies, international and national policies (5 hrs)
Conservation and sustainable use of farm animal genetic resources (2 hrs)
Genetic variation within and betwwen populations (2 hrs)
Inbreeding management (3 hrs)
Cryconservation of animal genetic resources (1 hr)
Introduction to population demography and population viability (1 hr)
Bioethics and conservation (2 hrs)

Class exercises
Sustainable use of aninmal genetic resources (2 hrs)
How to measure genetic variation (4 hrs)
Management of inbreeding (4 hrs)
Cryoconservation of animal genetic resources (1 hr)
Principles of demography and population viability (3 hrs)
Bioethics; case analysis (2 hrs)
Teaching methods
Lectures and exercises in class
Bibliography
Didactic material is available on ARIEL, UNIMI.
Management and conservation
Course syllabus
LECTURES
Principles of extensive management (1 hour)
Carrying capacity (1 hour)
Models of environmental sustainability (1 hour)
Biology and behaviour of Italian wild ungulates (6 hours)
Criteria for estimation of age and sex classes of free ranging animals (3 hours)
Census methods (4 hours)
Capture methods (2 hours)
Translocations (2 hours)
Culling plans (2 hours)
Age estimation in culled animals (2 hours)
Principles of legislation applied to wildlife management (2 hours)
GIS applications for wildlife management (1 hours)
Interactions between wild and domestic animals (2 hours)
Problems related to large predators (3 hours)

PRACTICE
Projection and discussion of videos (4 hours)
Practical applications of GIS for wildlife management (2 hours)
Age estimation based on jaws and trophies (2 hours)
Field activities (8 hours)
Teaching methods
Frontal lessons, supplemented by exercises for the recognition of sex and age classes from photos and videos, and for age estimation of culled animals through the analysis of trophies and mandibles. The course is integrated by a didactic field trip, aimed at putting into practice the recognition of the various species, sex and age classes of wild ungulates and the implementation of census methods and of identification of signs of presence.
Bibliography
SLIDES AND SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL AVAILABLE ON THE ARIEL PLATFORM OF THE COURSE:
Banca Dati Ungulati (ISPRA)
Monitoraggio di Uccelli e Mammiferi in Lombardia
Linee guida per la gestione degli ungulati (ISPRA)
Linee guida per la gestione del cinghiale
Guida al rilevamento biometrico degli ungulati
Piano Faunistico-Venatorio della Prov. di Sondrio
Piano di miglioramento ambientale Prov. di Sondrio
Rapporto Orso della Prov. di Trento

WEB SITES:
ISPRA: http://www.isprambiente.gov.it/it/pubblicazioni

BOOKS FOR FURTHER READING:
Mustoni A., Pedrotti L., Zanon E., Tosi G. (2002) Ungulati delle Alpi. Nitida Immagine Editrice, Trento
Mattiello S., Mazzarone V. (2010) Il cervo in Italia, biologia e gestione tra Alpi e Appennini. Ed. Geographica s.r.l., Teggiano (SA) (http://www.geographicasrl.it).
Massei G., Genov P. (2000). Il cinghiale. Calderini, Edizioni Edagricole, Bologna
Hygiene of livestock wildlife
Course syllabus
LECTURES
Introduction (2 hours)
Diseases of faisants and hares (2 hours)
Parvovirus in ducks (1 hour)
Common diseases of cervids and bovids (7 hours)
Common diseases of wild boar (2 hours)
Leptospirosis (2 hours)


PRACTICE
Collection of pathological samples for laboratory analysis (2 hours)
DNA estraction from pathological samples (2 hours)
PCR and electroforetic gel preparation (1 hour)
Field activities (11 hours)
Teaching methods
Lectures, practical lessons, visits to game farms.
Bibliography
Didactic material provided by the teacher
Ecoparassitologia and health management of fauna
Course syllabus
Lectures:
-Principles of population ecology (3 hrs)
-Dynamics of infections (4hrs)
-Management of infections in wildlife (3 hrs)
-Health monitoring and surveillance in wildlife (3 hrs)
-Health interaction between wildlife , livestock and humans (3 hrs)

Practicals:
-simulations of dynamics of infections (3 hrs)
-field excursions on areas of wildlife health relevance (6 hrs)
-Invasive alien species and health impacts (3 hrs)
-Parasitological diagnosis for wildlife (4 hrs)
Teaching methods
Lectures, laboratory and field practicals and seminars held by colleagues working on wildlife management.
Bibliography
The presentations and and bibliographic material will be electronically available on the Ariel platform
Conservation genetics
AGR/17 - LIVESTOCK SYSTEMS, ANIMAL BREEDING AND GENETICS - University credits: 3
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 16 hours
Professor: Gandini Gustavo
Ecoparassitologia and health management of fauna
VET/06 - PARASITOLOGY AND ANIMAL PARASITIC DISEASES - University credits: 3
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 16 hours
Professor: Lanfranchi Paolo
Hygiene of livestock wildlife
VET/05 - INFECTIOUS DISEASES OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS - University credits: 3
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 16 hours
Professor: Piccinini Renata
Management and conservation
AGR/19 - ANIMAL SCIENCE - University credits: 5
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 32 hours
Professor: Mattiello Silvana