Fruit Tree Production

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The main topic of the class is to understand the morphology and phyiology of woody plants, their origin, the distribution of their production and commercial uses of cultivated fruit, wood and ornamental trees.
Expected learning outcomes
The skills acquired in the "Fruit Tree Production" class are the planning and management of fruit tree farms, nurseries, ornamentals, gardens, urban parks.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Reference Material: the program and related reference materials will not be affected.

Teaching Methods: the lectures will be held in person or in synchronous mode through the MS Teams platform on the basis of the University calendar. Lessons will be recorded and made available to students on Ariel and / or MS Teams platforms until the end of the course. The exercises will be held in synchronous mode through the sharing of multimedia contents. Based on the evolution of the Covid-19 epidemic and in compliance with current regulations, the procedures may be subject to change upon timely communication to students via ARIEL or MS Teams.

Methods of Verification: if permitted by the situation, the exam will be oral. Alternatively, the exam will take place on the MS Teams platform.
Course syllabus
CFU I. Morphology, anatomy, physiology and architecture of woody plants: roots, stem, branches, leaves, flowers and fruits. CFU II. The annual and life cycle of woody plants: juvanility, maturity, senescence. Phenology bud dormancy, sprouting, primary and secondary growth, flowering, fruit growth and ripening. CFU III. Premininary analysis of the planting site: how soil and climate will affect plant growth? CFU IV. Species selection for fruit and timber arboriculture. Planting and management techniques: irrigation, fertilization, soil management. CFU V. Pruning woody plants: best management practices. CFU VI Breeding of fruit trees. CFUs VII and VIII-Field activities: morphology of woody plants. Poplar cultivation. Pruning of fruit trees. Visit to experimental farms.
Prerequisites for admission
Agronomy, biochemistry and physiology, botany
Teaching methods
44 hours of lectures
24 hours of practical exercise
16 hours of field work
Teaching Resources
Articles, slides, and other material on Ariel webpage.
Sansavini S., Costa G., Gucci R., Inglese P., Ramina A., Xiloyannis C. 2012 - Arboricoltura generale. Pàtron editore, with particular emphasis to chapters: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15 e 16.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam is oral and will deal with the theory of arboriculture, as well as the capacity to solve basic practical issues of arboriculture.
Field activity: 16 hours
Practicals: 24 hours
Lessons: 44 hours
Professor: Cirilli Marco
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