Aromatic Plants and Essential Oils


COURSE CONTENT

– Importance of aromatic plants in human nutrition
– Elements of the cultivation of aromatic plants
– Essential oils – role – chemical composition – properties
– Essential oils – degree of volatility – effects & precautions
– Oregano – species – cultivation practice – products
– Lavender – species – cultivation practice – products
– Basil – species – cultivation practice – products
– Hops, mountain tea – cultivation practice – products
– Hyssop, anise – cultivation practice – products
– Turmeric, rosemary – cultivation practice – products
– Sage, thyme – cultivation practice – products
– Mint, capers – cultivation practice – products
– Prospects for the cultivation of aromatic plants

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
• understand special technical concepts related to the cultivation of aromatic plants
• understand specific problems that arise during the growth and development of the above plants and their solution with the best techniques

TEACHING AND LEARNING EVALUATION METHODS

Use of information technology (power point, video)

The evaluation of the students is done with written exams in the theory of the course at the end of the semester.

RECOMMENDED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Dordas, C. 2012. “Aromatic and Medicinal Plants”, SYGCHRONI PAIDEIA Publications, Thessaloniki

Molecular Plant – Microbe Interactions


  1. GENERAL
FACULTY AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES & FORESTRY
DEPT. AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
    LEVEL OF STUDIES Undergraduate
                   COURSE CODE AGRON1022                       SEMESTER 6th/8th
                COURSE TITLE Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions
INDIVINDUAL TEACHING ACTIVITIES WEEKLY TEACHING HOURS ECTS
Lectures and Exercises 5 5
COURSE TYPE: Specialization Optional
                 PRECONDITION LESSONS: None
                            TUTORIAL LANGUAGE: Greek
LESSON OFFERED TO ERASMUS STUDENTS Yes
URL

 

  1. LEARNING RESULTS
Learning Results
The main goal of the course is to provide an overview of the biology of host-microbe interactions at the molecular level.

 

General skills
By the end of the course the students are expected to know the plant disease resistance mechanisms as well as the respective invasion mechanisms used by pathogens at genetic and molecular levels. In addition, they should be able to follow any research development in those fields and comprehend the methods employed in plant breeding cultivars resistant to pathogens via the exploitation of molecules based on the study of plant-microbe interactions.to provide the students with a concise review of the molecular biology of plants and microorganisms like fungi, bacteria and viruses.

 

 

  1. COURSE CONTENT
Introduction– The concept of plant disease: parasitism and symbiosis, Mechanisms of constitutive and induced plant resistance towards microbes, Molecular plant microbe interactions.

Mechanisms of plant resistance– The molecular basis of plant reaction towards invasion by microbes, Detection of plant disease resistance genes, Genetics of plant disease resistance

Recognition process and signaling in host-pathogen systems – Model systems for studying molecular plant-pathogen interactions

Local and systemic plant disease resistance – Plant mechanisms involved in resistance/ susceptibility to pathogens, Molecular mechanisms of systemic acquired resistance (salicylic acid, jasmonic acid and ethylene as plant disease resistance inducers)

Plant – virus interactions – Viral virulence factors, proteins and microRNAs involved in plant viral infections

Mechanisms involved in plant bacterial diseases – Bacterial virulence factors involved in plant bacterial diseases, Mechanisms involved in pathogenesis by plant bacteria, Bacterial effectors and secretion mechanisms, Genetics of host specificity

Infection mechanisms in plant – fungi pathosystems – Molecular signal transduction in plant – pathogenic fungi interactions, Genetic analysis of the interactions in the pathosystem between the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and the oomycete Hyaloperonospora parasitica

Molecular signal transduction in the interaction between plants and symbiotic microbes – Symbiosis vs defense: two sides of the same coin, Interactions in the symbiosis between legumes and nitrogen fixing bacteria, Interactions between plants and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, The use of beneficial microbes in agriculture

 

 

  1. INFORMATIVE AND LEARNING EVALUATION METHODS
WAY OF TEACHING In classroom presentations and theoretical exercises
USE OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES ICT use (power point)
TEACHING ORGANIZATION Activity Amount of activity in Semester
Lectures 39
Exercises 26
Team exercises 35
Individual research 25
Total

(25 hours per credit unit)

 

125

STUDENT EVALUATION

 

Final written exams and optional project at the end of the semester

 

  1. RECOMMENDED BIBLIOGRAPHY
1 Agrios G., «Phytopathology»

2. Watson James, κ.α., «Recombinant DNA»

 

 

 

 

Specialized Vegetable Crop Production


COURSE OUTLINE

 

  1. GENERAL
SCHOOL AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTRY SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
STUDY LEVEL Undergraduate
COURSE CODE AGRON0003 SEMESTER 7th, 9th
COURSE TITLE SPECIALIZED VEGETABLE CROP PRODUCTION
INDEPENDENT TEACHING ACTIVITIES

 

TEACHING HOURS PER WEEK ECTS
Lectures and laboratory course 5 5
COURSE TYPE Specialization
PREREQUISITE COURSE(S):
LANGUAGE (TEACHING AND EXAMS) Greek
THE COURSE IS OFFERED TO ERASMUS STUDENTS
COURSE WEBSITE (URL) https://eclass.duth.gr/courses/OPE01233/

TEACHING OUTCOMES

Teaching outcomes
The main purpose of the course is to train students in the applied cultivation techniques of the main vegetables produced in Greece, outdoors and in the greenhouse. Moreover, students will become capable to identify the main vegetable species.
General capabilities
§  Independent work

§  Literature search, data analysis and synthesis

§  Development of inductive reasoning

 

  1. COURSE CONTENT
Applied outdoor cultivation techniques of the main vegetable species (tomato, pepper, eggplant, potato, onion, asparagus, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, cucumber, watermelon, spinach, beans).
In each species reference is made to the following:
– classification, origin, current crop distribution, botanical characters,
– climate and soil requirements,
– soil preparation,
– propagation,
– varieties,
– crop establishment,
– cultivation treatments (fertilization, irrigation, weed control, mulching, pruning, use of plant growth regulators, frost protection etc.),
– physiological abnormalities,
– harvest,
– post-harvest treatments, and

– nutritional value of vegetables.

 

  1. TEACHING AND LEARNING ASSESSMENT METHODS
DELIVERING METHOD In classroom
IT USE §  Power point, videos

§  e-class

 

TEACHING ORGANIZATION Activity Semester workload

 

Lectures 39
Assignment 15
Applied exercises 26
Independent study 45
Course total

(25-hour workload per credit unit)

 

125

STUDENT ASSESSMENT

 

Presentations of assignments and written exams at the end of the semester. Exams on practical courses include identification of vegetable species.

 

  1. PROPOSED LITERATURE
·    Βιβλίο [68402220]: Η τεχνική της καλλιέργειας των κηπευτικών στα θερμοκήπια, Ολύμπιος Χρίστος Μ. Λεπτομέρειες

·    Βιβλίο [68403533]: Η Τεχνική της Καλλιέργειας των Υπαίθριων Κηπευτικών, Ολύμπιος Χρήστος Λεπτομέρειες

More literature sources will be available to the students during the semester.

Integrated Crop Management & Certification


COURSE OUTLINE

  1. GENERAL
SCHOOL AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTRY SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
STUDY LEVEL Undergraduate
COURSE CODE AGRON1009 SEMESTER   6th / 8th
COURSE TITLE INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT AND CERTIFICATION
INDEPENDENT TEACHING ACTIVITIES TEACHING HOURS PER WEEK ECTS
Lectures and laboratory course 5 (3+2) 5
COURSE TYPE Specialization
PREREQUISITE COURSE(S):
LANGUAGE (TEACHING AND EXAMS) Greek
THE COURSE IS OFFERED TO ERASMUS STUDENTS Yes (English)
COURSE WEBSITE (URL) https://eclass.duth.gr/courses/OPE01178/
  1. TEACHING OUTCOMES
Teaching outcomes
Upon the completion of the course the students will be able to:

1.Understand the principles of integrated pest management programs.

2.Understand the current protocols for certification.

General capabilities
  • Independent work
  • Literature search, data analysis and synthesis
  • Development of inductive reasoning
  1. COURSE CONTENT
Principles of integrated pest management in crop systems. Protocols for IPM certification according to AGRO1&2. Case studies for certain crops e.g. olives, citrus, stone fruits etc.
  1. TEACHING AND LEARNING ASSESSMENT METHODS
DELIVERING METHOD In classroom
IT USE
  • Power point, videos
  • e-class
TEACHING ORGANIZATION Activity Semester workload

 

Lectures 52
Laboratory courses 25
Written essay 5
Independent study 43
Course total

(25-hour workload per credit unit)

125
STUDENT ASSESSMENT Written exams at the end of the semester. Furthermore, student will have to prepare and submit by the end of the semester and before the examination period, one literature review project on a topic relevant to the course. Student should also prepare and give a brief lecture on the topic of their review pepper. The titles of the literature reviews will be announced within the 4th week of the semester and students could chose one topic which will best suit their interests.

 PROPOSED LITERATURE

Radcliffe E., Hutchison W. & Cancelado R. (2008). Integrated Pest Management: Concepts, Tactics, Strategies and Case Studies. Cambridge University Press.

Supplementary literature sources will be available during the course through e-class.

 

Seed Production & Certification


COURSE CONTENT

Seed production organizations, seed structure and growth, seed field zones and isolation, seed germination physiology, seed viability and germination capacity, seed storage and treatment, seed cleaning, seed sampling, seed certification, seed production in self- and cross- pollinated species, in vitro plant reproduction.

TEACHING OUTCOMES

Upon the completion of the course the students should have comprehended:

  • Main principles of seed reproduction
  • The significance of tests of seed quality

Acarology & Nematology


COURSE OUTLINE

  1. GENERAL
SCHOOL AGRICULTURAL AND FORESTRY SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
STUDY LEVEL Undergraduate
COURSE CODE AGRON1011 SEMESTER

7th and 9th

COURSE TITLE ACAROLOGY-NEMATOLOGY
INDEPENDENT TEACHING ACTIVITIES TEACHING HOURS PER WEEK ECTS
Lectures and laboratory course

5

5

COURSE TYPE Specialization
PREREQUISITE COURSE(S)
LANGUAGE (TEACHING AND EXAMS) Greek
THE COURSE IS OFFERED TO ERASMUS STUDENTS Yes (in English)
COURSE WEBSITE (URL) https://eclass.duth.gr/courses/OPE01131/
  1. TEACHING OUTCOMES
Teaching outcomes
Upon the completion of the course the students will have acquired the basic knowledge on the main aspects of the biology, ecology and behavior of phytophagous and predatory mites as well as of phytoparasitic nematodes. In addition, the students will be able to identify important mite and nematode pests and suggest pest management tactics against them.
General capabilities
  • Independent work
  • Literature search, data analysis and synthesis
  • Development of inductive reasoning
  1. COURSE CONTENT
Morphology, anatomy, physiology, ecology and management of important mite and nematode species in agriculture. Focus will be given to the mite families Eriophyidae, Tetranychidae, Tarsonemidae, Argasidae, Tydeidae, Tenuipalpidae, Acaridae, Phytoseiidae, Anystidae, Hemisarcoptidae, Pyemotidae, Pyroglyphidae, Stigmaeidae, Varroidae and the nematode genera Meloidogyne, Heterodera, Globodera, Pratylenchus, Ditylenchus, and Anguina.
  1. TEACHING AND LEARNING ASSESSMENT METHODS
DELIVERING METHOD In classroom
IT USE
  • Power point, videos
  • e-class
TEACHING ORGANIZATION Activity Semester workload
Lectures 39
Laboratory courses 26
Project assay 15
Independent study 45
Course total

(25-hour workload per credit unit)

125
STUDENT ASSESSMENT Written exams at the end of the semester both on theoretical and practical courses.

 PROPOSED LITERATURE

Hoy M.A. (2011). Agricultural Acarology: Introduction to Integrated Mite Management. CRC Press.