Studying at the University of Verona

Here you can find information on the organisational aspects of the Programme, lecture timetables, learning activities and useful contact details for your time at the University, from enrolment to graduation.

Academic calendar

The academic calendar shows the deadlines and scheduled events that are relevant to students, teaching and technical-administrative staff of the University. Public holidays and University closures are also indicated. The academic year normally begins on 1 October each year and ends on 30 September of the following year.

Academic calendar

Course calendar

The Academic Calendar sets out the degree programme lecture and exam timetables, as well as the relevant university closure dates..

Definition of lesson periods
Period From To
I sem. Oct 2, 2017 Jan 31, 2018
II sem. Mar 1, 2018 Jun 15, 2018
Exam sessions
Session From To
Sessione invernale d'esame Feb 1, 2018 Feb 28, 2018
Sessione estiva d'esame Jun 18, 2018 Jul 31, 2018
Sessione autunnale d'esame Sep 3, 2018 Sep 28, 2018
Degree sessions
Session From To
Sessione di laurea estiva Jul 12, 2018 Jul 12, 2018
Sessione autunnale di laurea Oct 19, 2018 Oct 19, 2018
Sessione di laurea invernale Mar 14, 2019 Mar 14, 2019
Period From To
Christmas break Dec 22, 2017 Jan 7, 2018
Easter break Mar 30, 2018 Apr 3, 2018
Patron Saint Day May 21, 2018 May 21, 2018
VACANZE ESTIVE Aug 6, 2018 Aug 19, 2018

Exam calendar

Exam dates and rounds are managed by the relevant Science and Engineering Teaching and Student Services Unit.
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Exam calendar

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Academic staff


Avesani Linda

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Bassi Roberto

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Begalli Diego

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Bellin Diana

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Bossi Alessandra Maria

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Dall'Osto Luca

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Favati Fabio

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Felis Giovanna

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Furini Antonella

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Giorgetti Alejandro

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Guzzo Flavia

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Pandolfini Tiziana

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Polverari Annalisa

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Torriani Sandra

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Vallini Giovanni

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Varanini Zeno

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Zapparoli Giacomo

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Zoccatelli Gianni

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Study Plan

The Study Plan includes all modules, teaching and learning activities that each student will need to undertake during their time at the University.
Please select your Study Plan based on your enrollment year.

2° Year  activated in the A.Y. 2018/2019

One course to be chosen among the following
One course to be chosen among the following
Other activitites
Final exam
activated in the A.Y. 2018/2019
One course to be chosen among the following
One course to be chosen among the following
Other activitites
Final exam

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Teaching code



Roberto Bassi





Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)



I sem. dal Oct 2, 2017 al Jan 31, 2018.

Learning outcomes


The course is intended as an integration point between the contributions of biochemistry, biophysics, molecular and genetic biology and physiology in understanding abiotic stress response, one of the fundamental problems of plant biology: cold, drought, warmth, excess light, mineral deficiencies, toxicity . The course includes a general section addressing the common features of environmental stresses and the methods for identifying phenotypes and genes involved in resistance. The role of oxidative stress I central: its origins, characteristics and molecular species involved will be discussed in detail. Cellular and molecular structures involved in stress response will be described and their interactions will be highlighted. A case study will be dealt with on the biotechnological use of the knowledge acquired from the study of stress biology.

Key words: ecofisiology, physiology of plant production, biophysics, molecular genetics.

The objective of the course is to provide a link between physiological and molecular processes responsible for plant growth and development and more applied aspects of yield production by crops and to describe the strategies used to improve agricultural productivity and sustainability through genetic engineering. At the end of the course the student will be able to describe the biotechnological approaches used for crop improvement and show the capacity to critically analysed the scientific literature.


Module: biotechnology of abiotic stress

program of the course:

1) Introduction to abiotic stress: definitions and limitations of the problem.
2) Methods for the identification of stress-induced genes and products.
3) Salt and drought stress.
4) Stress freezing
5) Stress by lack of oxygen and submersion.
6) Thermal Stress.
7) Toxic Compounds.
8) Stress from cold (above 0) and light + cold. The molecular mechanisms of acclimation.
9) Oxidative stress: origins, structures and molecules involved.
10) Biophysical and biochemical analysis of oxidative stress.
11) Thermal Dissipation Mechanisms and Variation in ATP / NADPH Synthesis
12) Lack of nutrients.
13) Effect of Fe deficiency in the photosynthetic apparatus.
14) Synthesis of ATP in the absence of O2 and CO2 and hydrogen evolution in algae
15) Genetics and epigenetics of resistance to environmental stress.

Modulo: fisiologia della produzione

programma del corso:

1) Introduzione agli stress abiotici: definizioni e limiti del problema.
2) Metodi per l’identificazione di geni e prodotti genici indotti da stress.
3) Stress salino e da siccità.
4) Stress da congelamento
5) Stress da mancanza di ossigeno e sommersione.
6) Stress termico.
7) Composti tossici.
8) Stress da freddo (above 0) e luce + freddo. I meccanismi molecolari di acclimatazione.
9) Lo stress ossidativo: origini, strutture e molecole coinvolte.
10) Analisi biofisica e biochimica dello stress ossidativo.
11) Meccanismi di dissipazione termica e variazione nella sintesi di ATP/NADPH
12) Mancanza di nutrienti.
13) Effetto della carenza di Fe nell’apparato fotosintetico.
14) Sintesi di ATP in mancanza di O2 e CO2 ed evoluzione di idrogeno nelle alghe
15) Genetica ed epigenetica della resistenza agli stress ambientali.

1) Basic concepts of the analysis of plant growth, biomass production, interception of solar radiation and photosynthetic efficiency;
2) Strategies for increasing photosynthetic efficiency: improvement of RUBISCO activity and RUBISCO activase performance, photorespiration bypass, carbon accumulation mechanisms;
3) Effects of atmospheric carbon dioxide increase on crop productivity ;
4) The partitioning of dry matter: assimilate allocation, phloem transport and distribution to harvesting organs, sugar signalling. Genetic engineering strategies for modification of photosynthate partitioning .
5) Biological nitrogen fixation, interaction between legumes and N fixing bacteria; biotechnological applications for N-fixation improvement, mycorrhiza and phosphorus absorption.
6) Reproductive growth: fruit set and development, hormonal regulation. Biotechnological strategies to improve fruit set and ripening.
For each topic, examples of genetic engineering applications are discussed.

Reference texts
Author Title Publishing house Year ISBN Notes
B.B. Buchanan, W. Gruissem & R.L. Jones Biochemistry & Molecular Biology of Plants American Society of Plant Physiology 2000 0-943088
Taiz L. Zeiger E. Elementi di Fisiologia Vegetale Piccin 2013

Examination Methods

Module: Biootechnoly of abiotic stress

The exam will be organized in two parts.
(A) At the beginning of each call, candidates will receive a request to reply in writing within 45 minutes. It will cover one of the preparatory aspects of the course and may include the presentation of general schemes and the compilation of the metabolic pathways involved.
B) Among the choice of articles provided by the teacher each candidate must choose one of his / her own interests and give a brief presentation on the basis of slides prepared for the purpose. During the presentation, general questions will be asked about the program

Didactic Material: The topics discussed in the course are hardly found in a textbook. Many parts of interest are discussed in:

Buchanan et al. : Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plants, Zanichelli. Basic text for the study of Plant biology.

Salisbury and Ross: Plant Physiology. Blackwell. A text of Classical Physiology, particularly suitable for the study of phenotypes.

Nobel: Biophysical Plant Ecology. It illustrates the basic phenomena of plant biology with formal and methodological rigor.

The Teacher will make available the pdf of the lessons and a series of complementary articles that will make the basis for a more detailed preparation.


For both attending and non-attending students, the oral examination will concern the topics of the scientific articles presented during the lessons. The exam will ascertain the students’ ability to understand and evaluate the genetic engineering applications to crop improvements.

Students with disabilities or specific learning disorders (SLD), who intend to request the adaptation of the exam, must follow the instructions given HERE

Type D and Type F activities

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News for students

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Deadlines and administrative fulfilments

For deadlines, administrative fulfilments and notices on graduation sessions, please refer to the Graduation Sessions - Science and Engineering service.

Need to activate a thesis internship

For thesis-related internships, it is not always necessary to activate an internship through the Internship Office. For further information, please consult the dedicated document, which can be found in the 'Documents' section of the Internships and work orientation - Science e Engineering service.

Final examination regulations

List of thesis proposals

theses proposals Research area
Dinamiche della metilazione del DNA e loro contributo durante il processo di maturazione della bacca di vite. Various topics
Miglioramento del profilo nutrizionale e funzionale di sfarinati di cereali mediante fermentazione con batteri lattici Various topics
Risposte trascrittomiche a sollecitazioni ambientali in vite Various topics
Studio delle basi genomico-funzionali del processo di embriogenesi somatica in vite Various topics


As stated in the Teaching Regulations for the A.Y. 2022/2023, attendance is not mandatory. However, professors may require students to attend lectures for a minimum of hours in order to be able to take the module exam, in which case the methods that will be used to check attendance will be explained at the beginning of the module. 

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