Sustainable management of fungal diseases of grapevine

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims at providing
students with knowledge on
sustainable defense methods
against the main fungal diseases
of grapevine. In particular,
theoretical and practical
knowledge on genetic, chemical
and agronomic means and their
optimal management will be
provided, to reduce the impact
of defense on human health and
the environment.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the
student will have to demonstrate
knowledge and understanding of
the most suitable means for
obtaining a sustainable defense.
The student will also have to
demonstrate critical and
judgment skills by discussing the
results obtained in the exercises
and in the educational visit.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
During the Covid-19 Emergency the exams will be kept via Microsoft teams software.
Course syllabus
· The teaching program includes the presentation and discussion of the following topics:
· Introduction-
· Principles of integrated disease management, sustainability of defense in viticulture
· Basic concepts and definitions-
· Genetic means: host-pathogen interaction, resistance (zig-zag model) and susceptibility, sources
resistance to pathogens, grapevine improvement for disease resistance, management of resistant
vines in the field.
· Chemical means: defense with fungicides (criteria, problems and opportunities); resistance to
fungicides (definitions, selection of resistant strains, monitoring and anti-resistance strategies);
management of chemical treatments (disease forecasting models)
· Sustainable protection-
· Sustainable management of defense against the main fungal diseases of the vine (with particular
reference to downy and powdery mildews) through the use and management of genetic,
agronomic and chemical means: new perspectives for obtaining resistant vines, monitoring and
management of resistance to fungicides, use of disease forecasting models
Prerequisites for admission
Knowledge on plant pathology.
Teaching methods
· The course is based on lectures (4 CFU, 24 hours), seminars (0.25 CFU, 4 hours) and practical activities in
laboratory (0.25 CFU, 4 hours) and in the field (0.5 CFU, 8 hours).
· During the lectures, the teacher will illustrate the concepts reported in the Syllabus. In the lectures, the topics
listed in the course syllabus will be addressed.
· In the seminars, the knowledge on innovative methods of diagnosis and agronomic management of the
diseases will be deepened.
· During practical activities, the students will have the possibility of applying the knowledge on innovative
means for disease management.
Teaching Resources
· Lecture slides.
· Suggested books: "Elementi di patologia vegetale", Giuseppe Belli, ed. Piccin; "Plant Pathology 5th Edition", George Agrios, Elsevier.
· Journal papers.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam consists of an interview and the evaluation is expressed in thirtieths. During the oral exam, two
questions will be posed to the student in spoken form: the first question will concern the first part of the program
(basic concepts and definitions); the second one will concern the second part of the program (sustainable protection
from specific diseases). The student will have to answer the questions in such a way as to demonstrate sufficient
knowledge of the subject and fulfilment of the learning outcomes to pass the exam.
AGR/12 - PLANT PATHOLOGY - University credits: 4
Field activity: 8 hours
Laboratories: 4 hours
Lessons: 24 hours
Seminars: 2 hours