Genetic Improvement of Fast Growing Forest Species & Ornamental Trees

Course Information
TitleΓΕΝΕΤΙΚΗ ΒΕΛΤ.ΤΑΧ.ΔΑΣΙΚΩΝ ΕΙΔΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΚΑΛ.ΦΥΤΩΝ / Genetic Improvement of Fast Growing Forest Species & Ornamental Trees
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
SchoolForestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID420000176

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
  • French (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
1. Understanding of the restrictions and the potential in planting fast growing forest tree species. 2. Training on the methods applied for the reproduction (sexual and asexual) of fast growing and ornamental forest tree species. 3. Training on the genetic improvement methods aiming towards the maximization of biomass production from short rotation plantations of fast growing tree species 4. Training on the application of genetic improvement methods for the production of ornamental tree and shrub varieties.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Respect natural environment
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Terminology. Fast growing species potentialities and limitations. Methods of genetic improvement and propagation especially applicable to fast growing species (Populus, Platanus, Salix, Alnus, Robinia, etc.). Importance of fast growing species for Forest Tree Breeding. Stand establishment, importance of spacing and competition. Breeding methods, maximization of biomass production. Biomass for energy plantations, rotation periods, regeneration. Ornamental plants: considerations related to aesthetics, noise abatement, visual screening, microclimate etc. Breeding objectives and aims. Selection of trees for urban landscapes, street planting and Christmas trees.
Fast growing tree species, Ornamental forest tree species, vegetative propagation methods, breeding methods, maximization of biomass production, production of ornamental forest tree and shrub varieties
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Lectures by using modern technologies and the internet. Communication with the students via their academic email and use of the electronic academic platform of AUTh for distributing learning material.
Course Organization
Laboratory Work13
Written assigments10
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Πανεπιστημιακές Σημειώσεις Κ.Π. Πανέτσος. Γενετική και Βελτίωση Ταχυαυξών Δασικών Ειδών και Καλλωπιστικών Φυτών. Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης, Τμήμα Δασολογίας και Φυσικού Περιβάλλοντος.
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