Course code PLV321

PLV321 Plant Pathology and Resistance Breeding

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Course responsible: May Bente Brurberg
Teachers: Ingerd Skow Hofgaard, Dag Ragnar Blystad, Arne Stensvand, Morten Lillemo
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Odd years
First time: Study year 2012-2013
Course contents:
The biology and life style of plant pathogens, how they can be isolated and cultivated. Classical and modern ways of diagnosing. Disease cycle, including survival, dispersal and infection, in connection to environmental factors. Development of plant disease epidemics and population genetics. The pathogen's weapons and plants' defense mechanisms. Principles for disease control, with particular focus on plant resistance and resistance breeding. National and international plant health legislation.
Learning outcome:

Knowledge:   adequate insight in plant pathology and resistance breeding to work with these topics on master- and PhD level, both theoretically and experimentally.

Skills:   Should be able to 1) Evaluate environmental and social consequences of plant diseases and the strategies to combat the diseases; 2. Stay updated on plant diseases threatening our cultivated plants; 3) Critically evaluate published literature in this area.

General competences: The theoretical foundation necessary for acquiring knowledge in the and skills that can be used to for solving plant health problems and contribute to a sustainable development.

Learning activities:
Lectures, lab exercises, literature seminars, self study.
Teaching support:
Teaching books, scientific literature, question hour before the exam, Canvas.
Information will be given in Canvas
Bachelor level courses in plant physiology,microbiology, genetics and chemistry (BOT130, BIO130, BIO120 and KJM100), including experience in lab work in these subjects, are absolutely necessary. Basic plant pathology (plant pathology part of PLV200) will be an advantage.
Recommended prerequisites:
Introductory course in plant pathology, cell biology,biochemistry, ecology, organic chemistry, molecular biology
Mandatory activity:
Laboratory exercises, submission of laboratory reports, and literature seminars with submission of report.

Oral exam - 50 %

Folder (laboratory reports, literature seminar + literaure report) - 50 %.

Nominal workload:
250 hours
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Type of course:
8 h per week in 11 weeks
 A collaboration with other Nordic universities:SLU, KU-LIFE and HU-AF may be established
External examinor (censor)present in oral exam, and participating in final grading
Examination details: Combined assessment: Letter grades