This course aims at providing the background of modern ecology. Emphasis is posed on the role of ecology as a skill for graduates, who are requested to address the main issues on management and conservation of natural resources and management and remediation of altered environmental processes.
At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to:
- know and analyze fundamental topics of general ecology: adaptation of organisms to environment, ecology of population and community, structure and processes of the ecosystem,
- identify and analyze, at least in general terms, environmental problems linked to the agriculture and livestock, and agri-food sectors, which are assessed either as cause or target of environmental pollution; degraded ecosystem functioning, and over-exploitation of natural resources.