To provide knowledge and comprehension of (1) taxonomy of the most important forest species in Italy; (2) their utilization in nursery activities; (3) fundamentals of seed harvest and management; (4) seedling growth and plantation
Introduction to Forest Biodiversity: definition, importance, threats. Introduction to the Italian Forest flora: Charatcteristics of trees and forests. Biomes and phytoclimates. Species ranges. Taxonomy and description of the main tree species used in nursery activities. Seed biology. Collection and conservation procedures. Provenance regions. Concerned legislation. Routine and standard quality tests. Dormancy management and removal. Organization and management of a forest nursery. Assembly, organization and management of a tree plantation.