69878 - Aquaculture and Small Species Breeding

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Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

The student is introduced to the basic knowledges of aquaculture and rabbit rearing with particular attention to technologies, nutrition and feeding, reproduction and genetic improvement, larval and newborne farming, animal welfare and farm hygene, product quality and safety. Furthermore the student will be able to recognize the main factors for successful aquaculture and rabbit farm.

Course contents

The programme involves: overview on fish and rabbit production in Italy and abroad, including trends in the last decades; environmental factors and their influence on aquaculture; aquatic animal behaviour, reproduction, genetic improvement, larval rearing in aquaculture; ongrowing and complete cycle in aquaculture, including nutrition and feeding; animal welfare and hygiene in aquaculture; main aquaculture quality production factors; rabbit rearing main traits.


Pubblicazioni FAO - State of the World Aquaculture 2006 (Full report); ASSALZOO, Normativa sugli alimenti per animali, Edagricole, Bologna, 1997;  G., Aquaculture, Tecnique et documentation-Lavoisier, Paris, 1989; •Brown L., Aquaculture for veterinarians : fish husbandry and medicine, Pergamon Press, Oxford, 1993;  De Silva S.S., Anderson T.A., Fish Nutrition in Aquaculture, Chapman & Hall, London, 1995; Mc Donald E., Reenhalgh C., Nutrizione animale, Ed. Tecniche Nuove, 1992; Viviani R., Elementi di Biochimica, Tomo secondo: Nutrizione e Metabolismo degli Animali, Ed. UTET, Torino, 1985; •Appunti e materiale didattico delle lezioni.

Teaching methods

Frontal teaching will involve presentations of scientific knowledges with active participation of students. Practical activities will be set up sharing the students in four groups of 16 each. Students will learn how to manage live fish, how to distinguish the zootechnical indices, welfare indices, quality indices.  Furthermore a unique training per classroom will be done on aquatic animal behaviour and farm managment.

Assessment methods

The assessment will be done by means of oral examination and/or multiple choise test along with open questions. Particularly there will be 27 multiple choise questions and 3 open questions.

If the student do not perform sufficiently the test must proceed to the oral exmination.

The final score will be calculated as the average of three Course parts taking into consideration the ratio of CFU

Teaching tools

The Course is made of 18 hours of frontal teaching and 6 hours of practical teaching (practical teaching will be done in 4 separate groups). The programma items will be show by means of presentations, videos, practical demonstration. The student will be engaged by means of questions and or shot tests.

Office hours

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