88338 - LABORATORY OF PLANT CONSERVATION

Scheda insegnamento

Anno Accademico 2018/2019

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

The aim of the course is to provide students with a general overview of the policies, programs and conservation strategies of plant biodiversity, specifically of rare and endangered plants, and to give competences in plant conservation biology, from a species-based approach and in a global change scenario. At the end of the course the student will gain a thorough understanding of the priorities and methods used in plant conservation. In particular, the student is able to carry out demographic surveys in the field and acquire information on plant intraspecific diversity; identify threat factors for the survival of wild plant populations; set up appropriate management /concrete intervention actions.

Programma/Contenuti

Distribution of global diversity, major threat factors. Policies and strategies for the conservation of plant diversity (Global strategy for plant conservation: objectives and progresses; EU and national strategies)

Spermatophytes' life cycle, critical bottlenecks identification and assessment. Reproductive biology of flowering plants. Plant pollination and plant-pollinator interactions. Dissemination. Intraspecific variability. Plant rarity, population fragmentation and isolation. Demographic analysis of wild plant populations.

Threats in a global change scenario, risk assessment and conservation priorities. IUCN categories and criteria.

In-situ conservation: examples and visits to project sites (in Emilia-Romagna). Ex-situ conservation: theory and practice.

Setting up an experimental research protocol aimed at collecting data for the writing of a scientific article.

Educational field trips and specific practical workshops and surveys in the field are planned.

Next academic year (2018-19) a cicle of seminars entitled “Conservation of threatened plant populations: the advantages of knowing species' reproductive biology” (8 hours, Nov-Dec 2018) will be held by Prof. Luis Navarro(University of Vigo, Spain).

Testi/Bibliografia

Bibliographic material (mainly research papers and technical manuals dealing with course topics) will be distributed during the course.

On-line distribution of didactic material, available at AMS Campus - AlmaDL - UniBo

Specific topics can be deepened by consulting the following textbooks:

- Frankel, Brown, Burdon "The Conservation of Plant Biodiversity", Cambridge University Press

- Judd, Campbell, Donogue "Systematic Botany - A phylogenetic Approach" 2nd edition

 

Metodi didattici

Lessons and seminars

Practical workshops (indoor and outdoor)

Field trips and didactic excursions

Modalità di verifica dell'apprendimento

Written exam at first examination call (with 3 open questions) and  preparation of a short scientific paper (group work) followed by oral discussion

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

Power-Point presentations

Botanic garden collections

Equipment for laboratory and field surveys

Group work presentations

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Marta Galloni