NPLB15007U  Diagnosis of Diseases of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants

Volume 2017/2018
Content

The course will introduce commonly occurring plant diseases in agriculture, horticulture and orchards etc. Hand-on experience with classical and web based methods used in identifying causal organisms and diagnosing the diseases will be given. The course will mainly focus on practical diagnostics of material collected by the participants. In addition, an introduction to molecular diagnosis is offered. Assessment of crop damage in the field and how to take samples for further studies will be discussed.

 

The participants learn:

  • how to diagnose plant diseases - step by step - using classical practical methods (including web-based tools)
  • how to identify pathogenic fungi, bacteria and virus from their pathogen morphology, hosts and host symptoms
  • how to describe, characterise and assess damage in the field and how to take samples for identification of the causal agents of disease

 

 

Learning Outcome

The course is concerned with plant disease problems in agriculture, horticulture (greenhouses, orchards and field crops) and forestry with special reference to North European conditions.

The main aim of the course is to obtain hands-on experience in diagnosis of plant diseases.

 

After completing the course, the participants should be able to:

 

Knowledge:

  • Describe plant pathogen morphology
  • Describe symptoms caused by plant pathogens
  • Identify and classify plant pathogens based on morphology
  • Obtain an overview of the most important groups of plant pathogens
  • Describe, characterise and assess damage in the field
  • Take diseased plant samples for further studies
  • Understand the theory behind molecular techniques for identification of microorganisms

 

Skills:

  • Use common tools for identifying plant pathogens
  • Apply principles for diagnosis of plant diseases based on pathogen morphology and disease symptoms
  • Communicate diagnostic results

 

Competences:

  • Work with diagnostic methods
  • Cooperate with fellow participants when conducting the diagnosis and reporting the results

Handbooks and manuals will be available

Competences equivalent to an introductory course in plant pathology/plant diseases
The course consists of short theoretical introductions to specific topics and problem-based studies including field collections, identification of pathogens and diagnosis of plant diseases using keys, manuals and microscopes. Most of the work is carried out in groups of two participants supervised by the teachers. An excursion is included.
• Before start, the participants should anticipate one week preparation time
• The course takes place at Campus-Tåstrup, as it is dependent on plant material from the field
• A free shuttle bus runs between Campus Frederiksberg and Campus-Tåstrup
Credit
5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
Written assignment
Continuous evaluation of individually prepared diagnosis reports during the course (weight: 80%) plus a minor report handed in two days before the end of the course (weight: 20%). Presence at least 75% of the teaching time is a requirement for passing the course.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Internal examiner
Re-exam

Oral exam in full curriculum

Criteria for exam assesment

See Learning outcome

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Practical exercises
  • 70
  • Lectures
  • 6
  • Excursions
  • 8
  • Theory exercises
  • 15
  • Preparation
  • 31
  • Guidance
  • 4
  • Project work
  • 4
  • Total
  • 138