Prevalent formative objectives: perception and ordering of plant biodiversity in a taxonomic hierarchy.
Identification of the main morphological characters for the purposes of systematic vascular plants. Recognition of the most widespread plant species in Italy.
Learning of basic methods and techniques for the study of flora: importance of the herbarium, use of analytical keys for the determination, floristic survey, etc.


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Plant biodiversity: importance of its knowledge and the multiple uses of this plant heritage. Systematics, Classification, Classification methods, Taxonomy, Taxonomic categories and nomenclature. Identification techniques (dichotomous keys, florae). Realization of a Herbarium. Emersion from the aquatic environment, Cryptogams - Ancestral and fossil Pteridophytes, Pteridophytes (general and systematic characters, Spermatophytes - Gimnospermae (general characters and systematic), Characters with taxonomic value - roots, stem, leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, inflorescences, infructescences, pollen, secondary metabolites, Spermatophytes - Angiospermae (general characters and systematic), differences between Dicotyledons and Monocotyledons, Spermatophytes - Angiosperms Dicotyledons (general characters and systematic), Spermatophytes - Monocotyledons Angiosperms (general characters and systematic).
Laboratory: use of dicotomic keys for taxonomical determination, plant biodiversity in kitchen.
Educational Excursion: discovering plant of the San Paolo quartier and surrounding area, Caffarella Park, Botanical Garden of Rome).

Testi Adottati

Pdfs of the lessons performed during the course and the following book:
Judd, Campbell, Kellogg, Stevens, Donoghue. Botanica sistematica. Un approccio filogenetico. PICCIN
Pasqua, Abbate, Forni. Botanica generale e Diversità vegetale. PICCIN

The teacher receives Mon, Wed, Fri from 9.00 to 10.00 by appointment via email: simona.ceschin@uniroma3.it

Bibliografia Di Riferimento

Consultation of Pignatti. Flora d’Italia. Edagricole (for deepening and determination of plant specimens)

Modalità Erogazione

The course will take place with classroom lectures, practice exercise and educational field trips.

Modalità Frequenza

Frequency at lessons, exercise in laboratory and field trips is not mandatory but is highly recommended.

Modalità Valutazione

Oral test consisting of three parts: illustration to the teacher of a scientific herbarium prepared by the student, recognition of plant samples and discussion of the main diagnostic features, questions on topics developed during the course and dealt with in class.


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