Environmental plant biotechnology

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide to the students an overview of the plant biochemical and physiological processes that could be exploited both to reduce the environmental impact of modern agricultural practices and to develop innovative strategies and tools to use plants for environmental monitoring and soil/sediment remediation.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student will acquire the basic and advanced knowledge elements to understand the major mechanisms controlling nutrient and metal homeostasis in plants and will be also able to exploit the plant potential for the environmental management and improvement. Moreover, the student will be also able to analyze and solve basic problems related to the nutrient use efficiency of the plants, approaches that could find application in the development of agriculture biotechnologies.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
A) Teacher-Centred Activities will be both synchronous (in traditional or online classrooms) and asynchronous. All the synchronous classes will be recorded and available on the Ariel page of the course. Asynchronous lessons and supporting materials will also be available on the Ariel page.
B) Student-Student Activities will be synchronous in traditional or online classrooms. Students will be organized in groups and will be requested to analyze, present and discuss a scientific paper selected by the teacher.

Specific communications about contingency teaching planning will be reported online. Students are invited to often check the Ariel webpage of the course.

The way for carrying out the final exam of the course has not changed following the COVID-19 pandemic. Students are requested to prepare an oral presentation (approximately 30-45 minutes) about the state of the art of a relevant topic. Students will propose the subject and will discuss the presentation with the Teacher. Students are invited to contact the Teacher to explain their ideas or to merely gain an opinion about the materials (papers, reviews, books) they would like to analyze.
Exams will take place using Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

Please see the ARIEL webpage of the course "Environmental Plant Biotechnology" (https://fnocitoEPB.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/) for further information.
Course syllabus
MINERAL NUTRITION OF HIGHER PLANTS - Nutrient acquisition and assimilation; sensing of nutritional status and regulation of nutrient uptake; biotechnological strategies to improve the use efficiency of the main mineral nutrients.
PHYTOREMEDIATION - Molecular and physiological basis of metal hyperaccumulation and tolerance in plants; biotechnological approaches to increase the heavy metal phytoextraction efficiency of non-hyperaccumulator plant species.
ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING - Plant as bioindicators.
Prerequisites for admission
Basic concepts in plant biology. You can contact the teacher to obtain indications about texts and bibliographic references that can be studied to fill eventual knowledge gaps.
Teaching methods
Frontal lectures. Classroom practices (oral presentations).
Teaching Resources
Scientific papers, reviews and other materials will be
provided during the course.
Assessment methods and Criteria
PowerPoint presentation (approximately 30 minutes) about the state of the art of a relevant topic. The topic will be proposed by the student.
AGR/13 - AGRICULTURAL CHEMISTRY - University credits: 6
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 40 hours
upon appointment by E-mail
Dipartimento di Produzione Vegetale