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Semester B
4.5 UPV credits
3.6 ECTS
(4425) Aromatic Plant Crops in Spain (= Mountain Crops)
The course intends the student to get acquainted with the medicinal plants (mainly the aromatic plant group) which grow
in the Comunidad Valenciana and in Spain, with typical mediterranean environmental conditions. Not only botanical matters, but also
cultivation conditions and further use of these plants will be studied.
Teaching staff
Castell Zeising, Vicente
The evaluation of the course will be like follows:
* final exam (test) (theory and practice), compulsory;
* practical exam (recognition of plant material), compulsory;
* course thesis, compulsory;
* additional activities (research works, conferences, visits, ...)
relative value
A thesis has to be written in order to get a passing mark in this course. The mentioned thesis has to deal with medicinal plants
and has to be previously discussed with the lecturer. It can be written individually or joining a group of 4 students (maximum).
1. General aspects: the agricultural systems; specific problems of agriculture in mountain regions
2. Interest of medicinal plants: definitions; historical aspects; interesting medicinal plants to be studied
3. The subject: definitions and norms; foreseen program
Lesson 01. Botanical aspects of some families of medicinal plants
1.1. General aspects
1.2. Characteristics of some important families: Apiaceae; Asteraceae; Brassicaceae; Lamiaceae
Lesson 02. Species of interest (I). Aromatic plants. Fam. Lamiaceae
2.1. Introduction
2.2. Genus Lavandula
2.3. Genus Mentha
2.4. Genus Origanum
2.5. Genus Rosmarinus
2.6. Genus Salvia
2.7. Genus Thymus
Lesson 03. Species of interest (II). Aromatic plants
3.1. Genus Lippia
3.2. Genus Matricaria
3.3. Genus Santolina
Lesson 04. Species of interest (III). Spice plants
4.1. Genus Crocus
4.2. Genus Petroselinum
4.3. Genus Sinapis
Lesson 05. Species of interest (IV). Biocide plants
5.1. Insecticides
5.2. Anti-feedant
5.3. Repellents
5.4. Growth regulators
5.5. Nematicides
Lesson 06. Nurseries
6.1. General aspects
6.2. Seed, seedling and plant management
6.3. Phytopathological problems
Lesson 07. Pests and diseases
7.1. Pests of aromatic plant cultures
7.2. Diseases of the aromatic plants
Lesson 08. Aromatic plants and soil conservation
8.1. Aromatic plants and reforestation in Spain
8.2. Aromatic plants in public works
Lesson 09. Aromatic plants and gardening
9.1. Nurseries. Plant propagation
9.2. Vegetable and ornamental gardens. House gardens
1. Laboratory activities
LA 01. Study of the most significant morphological aspects of some aromatic plants. Fresh plant recognition
LA 02. Study of seeds: morphology, physiology, germination
LA 03. Plant recognition (plants and images)
LA 04. Discussion on thesis’ subjects
2. Visits
- Some practical lessons will be taught in the experimental field of the ETSMRE, located in the campus of the University.
- Several nurseries and a cultivation area of aromatic plants will be visited.
- BAUTISTA, J; STÜBING, G. and FIGUEROLA, R. 1996. Guía de las plantas medicinales de la Comunidad Valenciana. Ed. Las
Provincias. Valencia, Spain. 416 pp.
- FERNÁNDEZ-POLA, J. 1996. Cultivo de plantas medicinales, aromáticas y condimentarias. Ed. Omega, Barcelona, Spain. 301 pp.
- FONT-QUER, P. 1996. Plantas medicinales. El Dioscórides renovado. 15th edition. Ed. Labor, S.A. Barcelona, Spain. 1033 pp.
- FUNDACIÓN ALFONSO MARTÍN ESCUDERO. 1999. Las plantas de extractos. Bases para un plan de desarrollo del sector. Ed.
Mundi-Prensa, Madrid, Spain. 539 pp.
- LUNA, F. 1980. Plantas aromáticas más cultivadas en España. Ministerio de Agricultura, Madrid, Spain. HD 16/80
- LUNA, F. 1980. Producción en vivero de plantas aromáticas. Ministerio de Agricultura, Madrid, Spain. HD 15/80
- MENDIOLA, Mª A. 1989. Plantas aromáticas de la España peninsular. Agroguías Mundi-Prensa, Madrid, Spain. 108 pp.
Other books in English, German and Italian, available.