reproductive cycle. Grapevine propagation and
plantation. Row orientation, trellising material,
planting density. Pruning and canopy efficiency.
Nutrition and fertilization: effect on yield
quantity and quality. Soil management: tillage,
ground cover and chemical weed control.
Berries formation and development:
biosynthesis, evolution during ripening,
Textbooks: Fregoni M. Viticoltura di qualità.
Ed. Informatore Agrario, Verona 1998
(Library Dipartimento di Ortoflorofrutticoltura).
Champagnol F. Elements de physiologie de la
vigne et de viticulture générale. Emp. Dehan,
Montpellier 1984 (DiPSA, Sesto Fiorentino,room 67).
Knolewdge acquired: physiological behaviour
and cultivation of grapevine.
Competence acquired (at the end of the
course): application of cultural management for
the correct vineyard management.
Skills acquired (at the end of the course):
vineyard efficiency evaluation, corrective
treatments to improve efficiency.
Frequency of lectures, practice and lab,
although non compulsory, is strongly
Video projector, PC, overhead projector,
experimental fields, labs
Total hours of the course (including the time
spent in attending lectures, seminars, private
study, examinations, etc...): 225
Hours reserved to private study and other
indivual formative activities: 144
Contact hours for: Lectures (hours): 42
Contact hours for: Laboratory (hours): 6
Contact hours for: Laboratory-field/practice (hours): 23
Seminars (hours): 0-5
Intermediate examinations: 5
Type of Assessment
Exam modality: written and oral examination on
the subjects of lectures and laboratory
description and behaviour of grapevine organs;
roots, shoots, buds. Annual and vital cycle,
phenological steps description. Vegetative and
Grapevine propagation, physiological and
anatomical features; propagation by seed,
cutting and grafting. Actual and new techniques
for plant production
Planting the vineyard: ecological considerations,
ambient choice, evaluation of viticultural
attitude: concept of terroir. Propagation material
choice (cultivar and rootstock). Row orientation,
trellising material, planting density and
trellising system. Plantation care during the first
years of establishment.
Pruning and trellising system: reminds of
physiology, history of trellising and pruning.
Trellising choice as affected by cultivar,
environment and productive targets. Winter and
summer pruning, effect of different prunings on
grapevine physiology. Canopy efficiency and evaluation systems. Indirect measurements of
leaf area, effect of pruning system on % of
exposed leaf area and light interception.
Net photosynthesis and carbohydrate
partitioning, storage and soluble sugars, starch
Nutrition and fertilization: effect of mineral
elements on grapevine physiology and on yield
quantity and quality; time and techniques of
Soil management: tillage, ground cover and
chemical weed control; comparison among the
different techniques and effects on production.
Berries formation and development: flower
induction, flowering, hormonal balance, growth
factors. Metabolism and biochemical factors:
respiration, organic acids formation and
degradation, nitrogen compounds, pectins,
phenolic compounds. Biosynthesis, evolution
during ripening, accumulation. Aromatic