A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide knowledge about the causes, remote and recent, of plant species and biomes distribution both at global and at Italian scale. Present and past distribution of vegetation will be described as a function of the main environmental factor.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge of the distribution of species and biomes with particular reference to Italian vegetation.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
If the sanitary emergency will continue in the second semester, lesson will be given in asynchronous modality (recorded ppt lessons) on the Ariel website, with synchronous meetings for live discussion on ms Teams. Virtual excursions in representative areas of Italy (Alps, Prealps, Apennines, Mediterranean) will be provided on Ariel website in replacement of real field classes
In this case, the exams will be given on msTeams, with the same procedure and assessment criteria given for the ordinary procedures
Course syllabus
Present distribution of plants as a result of the history of species and their ecology. Origin, evolution and migration of plants in relation to geological events.
Distribution range. Floristic regions of the world, Europe and Italy.
Endemism and vicariance with particular reference to Italian flora
Present distribution of the vegetation in the world: climate and latitudinal and altitudinal distribution of vegetation. Biomes.
Vegetation belts in Italy according to different authors. Main vegetation types in Italy: Oak, beech and other broad-leaved forests. Pine, fir and spruce forests. Heathlands and grasslands. Seminatural communities: meadows and pastures.
Prerequisites for admission
Prerequisites for admission consist of basic knowledge of botany and geography
Teaching methods
Classroom lessons and field activities in areas representative of the main Italian vegetation types
Teaching Resources
Course slides are available on the ariel website. Specific texts will be provided during the course and are available on the ariel website: C. Blasi, E. Biondi (a cura di) La Flora in Italia, 2017. Ministero dell'Ambiente…
Assessment methods and Criteria
Assessment methods and criteria: oral exam consisting of a discussion about the subjects discussed during the course and/or request of discussion of graphs and figures shown during the course and available on the ariel website. Answers will be evaluated considering the understanding of the subject, clarity and correctness of language. The grades are on a scale of 30.
BIO/02 - SYSTEMATIC BOTANY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
Educational website(s)
Monday-Friday on appointment
2 floor building C Department of Biosciences