NPLK14008U Plant Infection and Disease Management

Volume 2014/2015
Erasmus Mundus - Agris Mundus
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

Learning Outcome

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

Basic knowledge about plant pathology
Methods will include lectures, colloquial, group work, small theoretical exercises and an essay on a selected topic
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Colloquia
  • 30
  • Exam
  • 1
  • Guidance
  • 15
  • Lectures
  • 30
  • Preparation
  • 45
  • Project work
  • 85
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 30 min
Continuous 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

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