NPLK14008U Plant Infection and Disease Management
MSc Programme in Agriculture
The course plan will be based on a selection among the following issues, which demonstrate different aspects of plant disease development and epidemiology in relation to disease management:
- The disease cycle- Seed health and pathology
- Pathogen population dynamics and forces involved in population changes
- Pathogen and vector dispersal patterns and their importance for disease management
- Plant disease problems in developing countries
- Disease resistance management strategies based on partial, race specific and race-non specific resistance, variety- and species mixtures
- Induced resistance to control diseases
- Biological control measures
- Cultural control measures, chemical control and integrated disease management
- Effects of future climate change on plant diseases and disease management
The student is expected to gain a broad biologically based comprehension of plant disease development and management strategies. After completing the course the student should have acquired the following:
- Describe host-pathogen interactions from pathogen establishment in the host to interactions at population level.
- Give an overview of principles of proper management strategies, based on knowledge of the disease cycle.
- Analyze a disease problem and suggest adequate principles of management of plant diseases based on knowledge of the pathogens and their interaction with the host.
- Apply theory and solve plant disease problems in agricultural and horticultural crops and communicate the results
- Discuss potential ethical problems arising during control of plant diseases, for example human and environmental hazards
Review articles and primary literature
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- PortfolioOral examination, 30 minContinuous assessment based on small written exercises, multiple choice and performance in class discussions. Furthermore, an essay on a selected issue must be submitted and presented. Evaluation of the essay will be done individually.
Weight: Portfolio: Continuous Assessment of participation in classes and performance in written exercises: 50%. Essay and oral examination based on the essay: 50%.
Weight: Portfolio: Continuous assessment: 50% Essay and an oral presentation and examination based on the essay: 50%
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners
- New essay and oral examination
Criteria for exam assesment
See the learning outcome
- Project work