The aim of the course is to provide information and tools regarding the cultivation of vegetables in open field. In particular, the best agricultural practice considered the eco-physiological crop responses.
Expected learning outcomes
Students after the course will be able to manage the cultivation in open field for enhancing resources use efficiency without compromise the yield and quality of the produce.
Lesson period: Second semester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
In the course the description of a specialized farm for vegetables production in open field or protected environments will be provided. Factors involved in the crop performance and their interaction will be described from the propagation material to the storage after harvest. Vegetables classification, botanical characteristics, nutritional needs, growing techniques, nutraceutical quality at harvest and retention during storage. The vegetable species that will be described: Artichoke (Cynara scolymus L.), Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis L.), Carrots (Dacus carota L.), Cabbage (Cavolfiore, Cavolo broccolo, ecc., Brassica oleracea), Eggplants (Solanum melongena L.), Garlic (Allium sativum L.), Legumes: beans, pea, chickpea. Melon (Cucumis melo L.) and watermelon (Citrullus lanatus L.), Onion (Allium cepa L.), Pepper (Capsicum annuum L.), Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.), Rocket (Diplotaxis tenuifolia L., Eruca sativa Mill.), Spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.), Strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa Duch), Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.), Pumpkin (Cucurbita maxima L.), Squash (Cucurbita pepo L.).
Prerequisites for admission
Students should already have Knowledge of Botany and Agronomy. These prerequisites are required but not mandatory for the attendance and the exam.
The course consists of lectures, seminars and field visits to specialized horticultural farms.
Orticoltura mediterranea di Romano Tesi. Pàtron Editore Orticoltura. Principi e pratica di A. Pardossi, G. Prosdocimi Gianquinto, P. Santamaria. Edagricole - New Business Media. Slides are available on he ARIEL web site.
Assessement methods and criteria
The exam consists of a written or oral test at the end of the course aimed at ascertaining the student's knowledge of both the theoretical and practical aspects of horticulture. The written test will take place at the end of the course and will last two hours. The oral exam will ask for the botanical characteristics of the species and the agronomic techniques for their cultivation.