• to introduce the basic principles of Plant Pathology and in particular what are the parasites, how disease develops, how pathogens attack plants, the effects of pathogen attack on the host plant physiological functions, the mechanisms that plants use to defend themselves against plant pathogens and finally the genetic basis of plant diseases. • to develop a better understanding of the plant-microbe interactions at the physiological, biochemical and molecular level during disease development. • to enhance skills for designing and implementing strategies for disease management that would be economically feasible, user friendly and environmentally sound based on comprehensive knowledge of plant-pathogen interactions.
An undergraduate course in Introductory Plant Pathology that would allow understanding of principle components of plant disease development.
• Students will learn the basic concepts of host-pathogens interactions • Students will learn what is a parasite and what is a pathogen, how a plant disease develops, what are the stages of disease development and the relationships between disease cycles and epidemics. • Students will learn about the effects of pathogens on photosynthesis,on water and nutrients translocation in the host plant, on respiration, on transcription and translation and on plant growth and reproduction. • Students will learn about the mechanical forces and chemical weapons that pathogens employ to attack the plant and how plants defend themselves against pathogen attack using pre-existing and induced structural and biochemical defenses. • Students will learn about the genetic basis of plant disease through the genetics of virulence in pathogens and of resistance in plants, about pathogenicity genes in pathogens and resistance genes in hosts and the genetics of resistance through the hypersensitivity response. • The above knowledge will help students to acquire skills, knowledge, competences on developing strategies for disease management based on concurrent concepts of plant-pathogens interactions leading to implementing control measures that are cost efficient and environmentally friendly.
• Parasitism and disease development. • How pathogens attack plants. • Effects of pathogens on plant physiological functions. • How pathogens defend themselves. • Genetics of plant disease.
Lessons will be given in the form of lectures (through the help of Powerpoint presentations). Their sequence will be as in the syllabus above. In this way, students will get familiar with the basic concepts of plant-pathogens interaction on the morphological, biochemical and molecular level.
Assessment of students will be performed through written examinations.