Agricultural Biochemistry (2008/2009)

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Course code
Name of lecturer
Zeno Varanini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
1° Sem dal Oct 6, 2008 al Jan 30, 2009.

Lesson timetable

1° Sem
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall Ferrarini (Lebrecht)  
Tuesday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall Ferrarini (Lebrecht)  
Tuesday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall Ferrarini (Lebrecht)  

Learning outcomes

Aim of the course is to give to the students the bases necessary for the understanding of chemical transformations that matter undergo inside living organisms putting them in relation with qualitative and quantitative aspects of agricultural production with particular emphasis on viticulture and enology. The goal will pursued by describing the structure and the functions of biomolecules and the properties of the enzymes. Membranes transport phenomena and main metabolic cycles including nitrogen and sulfur assimilation will also be presented.


Structure and functions of biomolecules: amino acids and proteins, carbohydrates, lipids. Enzymes: kinetic, inhibition, regulation. Notes on cellular energetics. Membranes: functions, transport systems, characteristics of membrane proteins. Oxidation of sugars, ADP phopsphorilation. Notes on β-oxitdation of fatty acids and glioxylate cicle. Penthose phosphate cycle. Photosyntesis in C3 plants. Nitrogen and sulfur assimilation.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination