02096 - Field Crops

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Responsible consumption and production Climate Action Life on land

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Students will gain knowledge on major and some minor herbaceous crops and their cultivation practices      

Course contents

The course is divided into two parts (modules): part 1 (herbaceous crops 1 - 60 h) consisting in a general description of main crops. Of each crop, cultivation area, morpho-physiological characteristics, requirements, cultivation practices, quality and uses; part 2 (herbaceous crops 2 - 20 h) focused on practices to recognize species and seeds, dedicated seminars and workshops, field visits, including visits to the university experimental farm.


The below books should be used for supporting/integrating the slides and bibliography provided by the teachers

  • BALDONI R., GIARDINI L. Coltivazioni erbacee: Cereali e proteaginose. Ed. Patron, Bologna
  • BALDONI R., GIARDINI L. Coltivazioni erbacee: Piante oleifere, da zucchero, da fibra, orticole e aromatiche. Ed. Patron, Bologna
  • BALDONI R., GIARDINI L. Coltivazioni erbacee: Foraggere e tappeti erbosi. Ed. Patron, Bologna

Teaching methods

frontal and online lessons through Microsoft TEAMS, field visits, seminars, videos etc. 

Assessment methods

Two steps:

- recognition test

- multiple choice quiz

The recognition test is propedeutic to access the final exam (multiple choice quiz).

- Recognition test: students have to identify at least 6 species out of 7 different pictures of plants and seeds. You have to pass the recognition test only one time. Once you have passed it, you don’t need to repeat it even in the case you don’t pass the multiple choice quiz.

- Multiple choice quiz: 25 questions within 30 min. Single question score is 1,32. Wrong answers (5 multiple choices) bears a penality of 0.66. For example, 20 corrected and 5 wrong answers generate a grade of 23, whereas 20 corrected and 5 questions without answers will get 26.

Students may reject the grade by sending an email to a.monti@unibo.it within 3 days from the publication of results. Don’t send emails to confirm your grade.

Only the students signed up at ‘Almaesami’ are allowed to access the test and quiz.

Teaching tools

internet tools, videos, seminars, vegetative materials (e.g. seeds)

Office hours

See the website of Andrea Monti

See the website of Federica Zanetti