Ornamental arboriculture and urban forestry

A.Y. 2019/2020
6
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
AGR/03
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
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.
Expected learning outcomes
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 syllabus and organization

Unique edition

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Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
I part - GREEN INFRASTRUCTURES AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
Roles and functions of urban green areas
Types of green areas and green infrastructures

II part - PLANNING AND GOVERNANCE OF URBAN GREEN AREAS
Planning urban green areas
Governance tools and methods for urban green areas

III part - TREES AND THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT
Stress factors at urban sites
Site management and amelioration for urban plantings

IV parte - SPECIES SELECTION AND PLANTING
Species selection for urban plantings
Selection of high-quality nursery material
Planting in urban sites

V part - MANAGEMENT
Pruning
Irrigation and fertilization
Risk assessment
Management of veteran trees

VI part - SISTEMATICS
Tree species
Shrub species
Prerequisites for admission
Understanding of morphology and physiology of woody species
Teaching methods
36 hours of lectures
24 hours of field activities
Bibliography
slides of the lectures.
Textbook: Ferrini, F., Konijnendijk C., Fini, A. 2017. Routledge Handbook of Urban Forestry. Routledge, London, 547 pp., ISBN: 978-1-138-64728-2
Books of Roger Phillips may help in species identification
Assessement methods and criteria
The oral exam consist in the identification of 4 woody species and in 3 open questions about the topics studied during the lectures
AGR/03 - ARBORICULTURE AND FRUITCULTURE - University credits: 6
Computer room practicals: 16 hours
Practicals: 8 hours
Lessons: 36 hours
Professor: Fini Alessio
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