LPLF10350U  Plant Diseases

Volume 2013/2014
MSc Programme in Agriculture

The biology of the viruses, bacteria and fungi in a broad sense causing plant diseases.

Introduction to:

  • the concepts symptomology, etiology, pathogenicity, taxonomy and diagnosis
  • the molecular, cellular and genetic aspects of pathogenicity and disease resistance.
  • basic ecological and epidemiological principles in relation to the establishment and spread of plant diseases.
  • plant disease control measures (disease management) - including prophylactic measures and biological control, disease resistance, forecasting, legislation and chemical control.
  • post harvest diseases and food safety
  • case studies of plant diseases in agriculture, horticulture and forestry systems to facilitate subsequent specialisation.
Learning Outcome

The course gives a basal understanding of how microorganisms interact with plants and each other. Secondly, introduces the methods used to study these interactions.
On completing the course, the student should be able to:


  • Describe the mechanisms underlying the interactions of pathogenic microorganisms with plants and the basic biology and relationships of these organisms.
  • Describe how the mechanisms influence the ecology of microorganism and the development of plant diseases.
  • Describe the molecular mechanisms involved in plant responses to microorganisms.


  • Explain the biological components that determine host/pathogen interactions, including the cellular structures and genetic elements.
  • Evaluate how the knowledge gained can be applied to defeating pathogens and minimise the consequences of plant diseases.
  • Reflect on the ethical aspects of using biotechnology and pesticides for controlling diseases.
  • Discuss and disseminate knowledge of plant diseases to both specialists and non-specialists.

Schumann,G.L. and D'Arcy,C.J. (2009) Essential Plant Pathology. Saint Paul: APS Press. ISBN 978-0-89054-381-8

See http:/​/​​apsstore/​shopapspress/​Pages/​43818.aspx

Hockenhull, J., Danielsen, S., de Neergaard, E., Thomsen I. Illustrated Atlas of Fungal Plant Pathogens (Illustrated by N. Leroul).

A set of this will be available in Danish at the practical exercises

supplemented with primary literature, course notes and a laboratory manual as a reference

Theoretical exercises
Practical exercises
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written examination, 4 hours under invigilation
Exam registration requirements
75& of the laboratory classes and theoretical reports has to be approved
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Flere interne bedømmere
If 10 or fewer register for the reexamination the examination form will be oral.
Criteria for exam assesment
See learning outcomes
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 30
  • Practical exercises
  • 42
  • Colloquia
  • 27
  • Preparation
  • 100
  • Exam
  • 4
  • Excursions
  • 3
  • Total
  • 206