Tree propagation and nursery industry

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
Basic tools related to tree propagation and nursery
Expected learning outcomes
Tree propagation tecniques. Organisation and cultural
tecniques of a tree nursery for lanscaping, forestry, fruit-
and viticulture.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
All lectures and related materials (handouts) are already uploaded on Microsoft Teams at the start of the course. Students are kindly asked to listen to the recordings BEFORE attending the lectures, which will be synchronous delivered by on Teams. During the lectures, the specific contents will be briefly presented (therefore not presented in details), while ample space will be given to clarifications and interventions by students (requests for clarification may be sent even before the lecture is carried out) .
Course syllabus
Basic tools for tree propagation (sexual/vegetative), including in vitro-propagation.
Evolution and trends in the tree nursery industry.
Organization and general management of a treenursery.
Basic material and certification schemes (mother plants); assessment of tree quality in a nursery.
Nursery field management for growing in open field and in container.
Nursery management for fruit trees, grape, ornamental and forestry/landscape species
Prerequisites for admission
Fundamentals of morpho-biology of the cultivated tree and agronomic basis of cultivation (tree-environment relationship).
Teaching methods
Lectures and seminars (5 credits, 40 hours); Class or field exercises, on case studies (0.5 ECTS, 8 hours); field visits to professional companies of the related industry (0.5 ECTS, 8 hours).
Teaching Resources
- Sansavini, S., Costa, G., Gucci, R., Inglese, P., Ramina, A., Xiloyannis, C., and Desjardins,Y., editorss. (2019). Principles of Modern Fruit Science (Leuven, Belgium: ISHS), pp.421.The following chapters in particular: 1, 8 and 9. []
- Vezzosi C. 'Vivaistica ornamentale' (Edagricole, 2003): except the following chapters:. 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4, 8, 9, and from 12 to30 e 33 [in Italian].
- Subsidiary handouts, available on request ( link from Dropbox.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will take place through an oral interview aimed at ascertaining the knowledge acquired by the candidate on the theoretical and technical aspects treated during the course. Basically, four issues will be discussed on:
1- Propagation techniques
2- 'Qualtiy' concepts for the tree nursery industry: physiological, morphological, phytosanitary.
3-Nursery management aspects: in the open field or in containers
4- Propagation techniques and nursery material in a field of choice: fruit, grape, forestry.
Evaluation criteria:
- The exam is to be repeated even with a single wrong answer
- Correct and reasoned answers, language properties (Italian and technical), ability to carry out connections: 30-30 with honors
- Correct answers, but not always appropriate language properties: from 25 to 29.
- Uncertain or incomplete responses, poor language properties or difficulties in making connections: from 18 to 24.
Field activity: 8 hours
Practicals: 8 hours
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Bassi Daniele
Upon appointment
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - Via Celoria, 2 - 20134 Milano