LBIK10187U  Plant Pathology in a Changing World

Volume 2013/2014
The course covers the following topics:
- Impact of plant disease on mankind: Plant diseases from a historical perspective.
- Introduction to some basic laboratory methods used in plant pathology
- A review of causal organisms
- Plant diseases from a field perspective. This is a production-oriented exercise (in production areas) where the students will observe disease symptoms and signs, and collect material for subsequent laboratory exercises (microscopy, isolation, PCR identification etc.).
- Basic discussion about terminology/philosophy
- Career opportunities with local guest lecturers
- Perspectives on plant disease management with respect to world trade, global climate change, and the need for sustainable production
Learning Outcome
The objective of the course is to present to the student the science of plant pathology, including the social impact and relevance of the science. A specific objective is to convey to the students different perspectives on plant disease management with respect to international trade, climate change, and sustainable production.

After completion of the course the student should be able to:
-Identify to the key sources of plant pathological knowledge, and have a network for these in the Nordic countries

-Analyse how to approach studying plant diseases integrating state-of-the-art tools for this ranging from field to the molecular laboratory
-Explain the principals of disease diagnosis and pathogen identification

-Determine where to find important information about plant diseases
-Be aware of the central tools used in modern plant pathological research
-Reflect on ethical problems associated with combating plant diseases


Recommended background reading (one of the following)

The Advance of the Fungi (E.C. Large)

Plant Disease and Social Impact (G. Schuman)
Include lectures, workshops, tutorials, project and group work, Practicals and an excursion
This is a joint Nordic course run by teachers from the four universities: UMB Norway, KU-Science Denmark, HU-AF Finland and SLU Sweden.
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Exam registration requirements
Attend at least 75% of the time
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Flere interne bedømmere
Criteria for exam assesment
See learning outcome
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 25
  • Colloquia
  • 7,5
  • Practical exercises
  • 20
  • Theory exercises
  • 10
  • Project work
  • 30
  • Preparation
  • 30
  • Excursions
  • 10
  • Exam
  • 5
  • Total
  • 137,5