Plant genetics and breeding (2013/2014)

Course code
Mario Pezzotti
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Teaching is organised as follows:
Activity Credits Period Academic staff Timetable
teoria 5 II semestre Mario Pezzotti
laboratorio [Laboratorio I] 1 II semestre Sara Zenoni
laboratorio [Laboratorio II] 1 not yet allocated Sara Zenoni

Lesson timetable

II semestre
Activity Day Time Type Place Note
teoria Tuesday 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall Ferrarini (Lebrecht)  
teoria Wednesday 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall Ferrarini (Lebrecht) from Mar 3, 2014  to May 26, 2014
teoria Thursday 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM lesson Lecture Hall Ferrarini (Lebrecht)  

Learning outcomes

The course aims at illustrating principles of genetic transmission at molecular, cellular and population level. Mendelian, molecular and population genetics elements will be taught. Existing traditional grapevine breeding methods, based on natural and induced genetic variability, and modern plant breeding instruments, genomic based, will be reviewed.


The Early Concepts of Heredity , Mendel's Laws of Inheritance, Chromosome Theory of Heredity, Linkage and Linear Arrangement of Genes, Genetic Recombination and Mechanism, Gene Interactions, Multiple Alleles, Genes and Environment, Genetic Determination of Quantitative Traits , Genetic Basis of Sex Determination, Genes in Human Heredity, Chromosomes, Genes, and DNA, Gene Mutations, DNA Content and Variation, Gene Structure and Concept, Mutagenesis, Gene Function, General Nature of the Genetic Code, Specific Nature of the Genetic Code, Transfer and Translation of Genetic Information, Regulation of Gene Activity, Genetic Recombination in Micro-organisms and Molecular Mechanisms, Genetic Determinants in Cytoplasm, Chromosome Rearrangements, Evolution of Diploids and Polyploids, DNA Finds New Ways of Generating Variability, Genes in Evolution, Formation of New Races and Species, Origin of Man and DNA Technology, Evolution, Polymorphism, and DNA, Emergence of Genetic Engineering, Genes and Some Social Issues, Elements of population genetics. Grapevine Genetics and Genomics. Plant breeding methodologies in asexual propagated species. Goals of modern plant breeding in grapevine

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examiniation