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 Year2023 – 2024
Class PeriodSpring
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. 5. Applying knowledge in practice through autonomous experimental procedures during which students organize work procedures, monitor and analyze data and finally take decisions by synthesizing the experimental results.
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)
Fast-growing forest species – Fast growing species potentials and limitations for the establishment of plantations for: A. Industrial wood production of specific dimensions, B. Biomass production (for paper pulp, chipboards etc.) C. Energy plantations. Selecting suitable traits and applying methods of genetic improvement (phenotypic mass selection, hybridization, foreign species introduction) for the production of industrial wood, biomass and paper pulp and maximization of biomass and improvement of wood quality especially applicable to fast growing forest species such as: Populus, Platanus, Salix, Alnus, Robinia, etc Ornamental forest plants (trees, shrubs and garrigue vegetation) for the establishment of plantations for: A. Urban areas (parks, gardens, tree rows, private yards) B. Peri-urban areas (peri-urban recreation forests, forest botanical gardens etc.) C. Plantations between urban areas (national highway tree rows, side slope protection) D. Plantations for specific uses (production of Christmas trees, planting natural protective windbreaks, mining soil recovery forest plants, phytoremediation). Biotic-Abiotic stresses of the ornamental species in the urban and peri-urban environment. Breeding objectives and aims. Selecting suitable traits and their genetic improvement through phenotypic mass selection, hybridization, foreign species introduction and mutations. Propagation techniques for Fast-growing and Ornamental forest species: a) seed propagation, b) vegetative propagation (cuttings, grafting, layering, plant tissue culture) – Clonal Forestry (potentials, limitations)–Industrial plantations (Preparation of the propagating material – Site preparation for the plantation establishment and subsequent cultivation maintenance- Harvesting – Exploitation
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)
  • Report (Formative, Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (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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