Master's degree in Agri-Food Biotechnology

Plant Biotechnology - FITOBONIFICA

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Name of lecturer
Antonella Furini
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I semestre dal Oct 1, 2019 al Jan 31, 2020.

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Learning outcomes

The objective of the course is to provide students with a general overview on different aspects of soil and water phytoremediation. Particularly with biotechnological applications for the clean-up of sites contaminated with heavy metals and organic compounds


Environmental pollution with organic and inorganic waste. Chemical/Physical and biological environmental remediation. Use of plants for in situ removal of contaminats. Analysis of metal hyperaccumulator plants. Phytoremediation: Advantages and limitations. Different processes of phyto-remediation: degradation, stabilization, volatilization, stimulation, extraction of contaminants from soils and waters. Phytoremediation of inorganic compounds: role of chelators and membrane transporters. Transgenic plants for the reclamation of soils contaminated with heavy metals. Phytoremediation of organic compounds: role of plant-microorganism interactions for the phytodegradation. Uptake and transport of organic compounds, their degradation and accumulation in plant cell wall. Transgenic plants for the phytoremediation of organic compounds. Biomonitoring of environmental pollution: assay available, methods and applications

Assessment methods and criteria

oral examination to verify the knowledge on topics covered by the course

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