Bio-exploitation of solar energy (2017/2018)

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Matteo Ballottari
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Teaching is organised as follows:
Activity Credits Period Academic staff Timetable
teoria 5 II sem. Matteo Ballottari

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laboratorio 1 II sem. Matteo Ballottari

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide students with the knowledge needed to understand the organization and operation of an autotrophic organism and the consequences of autotrophy metabolism s (as opposed to mixotrophy and heterotrophy).

The course has two modules called "Plant Physiology" and "Catalysis of autotrophic biosynthesis".

The "Plant Physiology" module provides the basics of functions that allow the plant life in unicellular and multicellular organisms, including the absorption of solutes, the transport of water and organic and inorganic substances, the perception of environmental signals, integration of internal and external signals with the mechanisms that control the development of the plant and its reproduction or vegetative growth. The classic themes of plant physiology will be especially extended to single-celled photosynthetic organisms that live in the aquatic environment.
The "Catalysis of the autotrophic biosynthesis" module deals with the systems that catalyze specific organic biosynthesis with the use of light energy. Examples include the biosynthesis of liquid and gaseous biofuels, the exploitation of waste water, production of dietary supplements, bio-materials and other high value-added compounds.

Finally, the course provides a practical module (15 hours divided into 3 lessons) in which students will carry out practical tests relating to the lectures topics like production and extraction of metabolites in plant cells, management of algal cultures and characterization of cell movement and plastids.


Plant Physiology :

Photosynthetic organisms
The plant cell
Water management in plant cells
Biological membranes and transport of the solutes
Physiology of the acquisition of mineral nutrients
Translocation in the phloem
Cell wall in plants
Seed formation and germination
Perception and signal transduction
Plant hormones
Cell motility

Catalysis form of autotrophic biosynthesis :
Photosynthetic organisms for the production of biodiesel , biohydrogen and biogas
Microalgae and production of carotenoids and omega - 3
Examples of bio-refineries for the exploitation of waste water

Assessment methods and criteria

oral exam

Reference books
Activity Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
teoria Taiz L. e Zeiger E. Fisiologia Vegetale Piccin-Nuova Libraria   9788829921577
laboratorio Taiz L. e Zeiger E. Fisiologia Vegetale Piccin-Nuova Libraria   9788829921577