BIO/02 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

Teaching Staff

Office: Via A. Longo 19
Phone: 095-431243
Office Hours: Lunedì-Mercoledì ore 10-12
Office: Orto Botanico Via A. longo 19 Catania
Phone: 3404175175
Office Hours: lunedi 9-11 e tutti i giorni per appuntamento

Learning Objectives

The educational objectives that the course aims include the analysis of plant biodiversity in relation to the problems of conservation in situ and ex situ conservation and its management in protected and unprotected areas. The guiding principle of the course is to make people understand the importance of the protection not only of species, protected areas, but also methods and guidelines to ensure best natural conditions in all territorial contexts including urban and agricultural areas.

Course Structure

Lectures and practices in field. Should teaching be carried out in mixed mode or remotely, it may be necessary to introduce changes with respect to previous statements, in line with the programme planned and outlined in the syllabus.

Detailed Course Content

Biological diversity and its functions. Diversity and species richness: global distribution, hot spots. Floristic analysis: chorotypes, plant life forms.
Regulatory framework and agreements on biodiversity protection
The threatened flora and red lists
The categories of extinction risk and assessment procedures
Species and habitats of Community Interest
Protected areas: parks and reserves, Natura 2000 network
Plant indicators of environmental quality (naturalness vs. disorder or artificiality)
The ex situ conservation and management of plant germplasm
Invasive alien species
Renaturation interventions - guidelines
The monumental trees
Development of case studies in Sicily.

Textbook Information

Blasi et al. 2005 – Stato della biodiversità in Italia. Ministero dell’Ambiente Direzione per la protezione della Natura. Palombi Editori.

Bacchetta et al. 2006 - Manuale per la raccolta, studio, conservazione e gestione ex situ del germoplasma APAT.

Rossi G., Montagnani C., Gargano D., Peruzzi L., Abeli T., Ravera S., Cogoni A., Fenu G., Magrini S., Gennai M., Foggi B., Wagensommer R.P., Venturella G., Blasi C., Raimondo F.M., Orsenigo S. (Eds.), 2013. Lista Rossa della Flora Italiana. 1. Policy Species e altre specie minacciate. Comitato Italiano IUCN e Ministero dell’Ambiente e della Tutela del Territorio e del Mare.

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