NPLB14005U Diagnosis of Diseases of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
The course will introduce the student to commonly occurring
plant diseases in agriculture, horticulture and orchards. Hand-on
experience with classical and web based methods used in identifying
causal organisms and diagnosing the diseases will be given. Also a
theoretical introduction to molecular diagnosis is offered and
field-kits are demonstrated. Assessment of crop damage in the
field and how to take samples for further studies will be
The students learn:
- how to diagnose – step by step - plant diseases using simple practical methods (including web-based tools).
- how to identify pathogenic fungi, bacteria and virus from their pathogen morphology, host and host symptoms
- how to describe, characterise and assess damage in the field and how to take a sample for further study.
The course is concerned with plant health problems in
agriculture and horticulture (greenhouses, orchards and field
crops) with special reference to North European conditions.
The main aim of the course is to give the students opportunity to obtain hands-on experience in diagnosis of plant diseases.
After completing the course the student should be able to:
- Describe plant pathogen morphology
- Describe symptoms caused by plant pathogens
- Classify plant pathogens based on morphology
- Describe, characterise and assess damage in the field
- Take diseased plant samples for further study.
- Be familiar with theory behind molecular techniques for identification of microorganisms
- Use common tools for identifying plant pathogens.
- Apply principles for diagnosis of plant diseases based on pathogen morphology and disease symptoms
- Communicate diagnostic results
- Work with diagnostic methods
- Cooperate with fellow students when conducting the diagnosis and report the results.
Handbooks and manuals will be available
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.
- Practical exercises
- Theory exercises
- 5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Continuous assessmentWritten assignmentContinuous evaluation of individually prepared diagnosis reports (weight: 80%) plus a minor report (weight: 20%)
- Exam registration requirements
- Be present at least 75% of the time
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- passed/not passed
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
- Oral examination
Criteria for exam assesment
See Learning outcome