Plant Pathology topics: plant diseases in agroecosystems, categories of pathogens, pathogen life histories, pathogen attack and plant defense, gene-for-gene systems, and disease control strategies.
Gain an understanding of the causes and consequences of plant diseases in agroecosystems.
Plant pathology and human affairs, A short history of plant pathology. Koch’s Postulates. Abiotic diseases. Categories of infectious agents. Pathogen life cycles and disease cycles. Disease development. Plant resistance mechanisms. Genetics of plant resistance. Epidemiology and disease forecasting. Control strategies: exclusion and quarantines, sanitation, crop rotation, biocontrol, genetic resistance. Fungicides and risk assessment. Genetic engineering of resistance. Integrated management strategies.
Lecture notes will be available for purchase at the cost of reproduction.
Agrios, G.N. 2005. Plant Pathology, 5. Edition, Academic Press, Inc.
Lucas, J.A. 1998. Plant Pathology and Plant Pathogens. 3. Edition, Blackwell Science. pp. 274