Plant Biotechnology - BIOENERGIA E BIOCOMBUSTIBILI (2017/2018)

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Name of lecturer
Roberto Bassi
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
I sem. dal Oct 2, 2017 al Jan 31, 2018.

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Learning outcomes

sources of biomass are considered, having a lower dependence on food-producing processes. Particular emphasis is dedicated to unicellular algae and the procedures for quantitative and qualitative improvement of algal biomass through classical genetics and recombinant DNA procedures towards definition of a biofuel productive process economically sound and with low environmental impact.


1) definition of biofuels, biomass of origin. Bio-gas, bio-ethanol, bio-diesel and bio-hydrogen
2) Present procedures of production and legislation
3) Energy balance of photosynthetic organisms, upper limits of productivity, factors of loss of productivity, comparison with photovoltaaics.
4) Crops as biomass for biofuels. Present state and perspectives for improvement in crops and forst organisms..
5) Unicellular algae: advantages and disadvantages with respect to crops.
6) Biodiesel from algae
7) bio-hydrogen from algae
8) Molecular genetis in unicellular algae model system and productive systems. Procedures limiting engineering of algae.
9) Growth in photobioractors: different architevctures and limits for productivity.
10) Algae as CO2 scavengers.
11) Metabolic enginnering: light use efficiency.
12) lipid metabolism
13) electron transport and hydrogenases.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Anju Krivov Bioenergy 1st Edition (Edizione 1) 2014 9780124081208

Assessment methods and criteria

Modalities of examination.
The exam will be organized in two parts:
the first will consist of a series of multiple-choice and half-page questions - a page of a synthetic theme
the second part will consist in presenting an article or more, if necessary to exhaust the argument) selected on a list provided by the teacher.

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