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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Plant Diseases

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 3
Programme level Bachelor
Course responsible
  • David B. Collinge (3-6866674474706972326f7932686f)
  • Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Course number: NPLB15006U

Course content

The biology of the viruses, bacteria and fungi causing plant diseases

Introduction to:

  • The concepts symptomology, etiology, pathogenicity, taxonomy and diagnosis
  • The molecular, cellular and genetic aspects of pathogenicity and disease resistance
  • Basic ecological and epidemiological principles in relation to the establishment and spread of plant diseases
  • Plant disease control measures (disease management) - including prophylactic measures and biological control, disease resistance, forecasting, legislation and chemical control
  • Post harvest diseases and food safety
  • Case studies of plant diseases in agriculture, horticulture and forestry

Learning outcome

The course gives a basal understanding of how microorganisms interact with plants and each other. Secondly, introduces the methods used to study these interactions.
On completing the course, the student should be able to:


  • Describe the mechanisms underlying the interactions of pathogenic microorganisms with plants and the basic biology and relationships of these organisms
  • Describe how the mechanisms influence the ecology of microorganisms and the development of plant diseases
  • Describe the mechanisms involved in plant responses to microorganisms


  • Explain the biological components that determine host/pathogen interactions, including the cellular structures and genetic elements.
  • Evaluate how the knowledge gained can be applied to defeating pathogens and minimise the consequences of plant diseases
  • Reflect on the ethical aspects of using biotechnology and pesticides for controlling diseases



  • Discuss and disseminate knowledge of plant diseases to both specialists and non-specialists

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BSc Programme in Natural Resources


Study Board of Natural Resources and Environment

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


Hans Jørgen Lyngs Jørgensen
Mari-Anne Newman
Michael Lyngkjær
Ole Søgaard Lund
Nina Cedergreen


1 block


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Teaching and learning methods

The basic concepts of plant diseases and their study are illustrated through lectures. The students will work with the concepts and discuss in groups through colloquia and theoretical excersises to understand the problems associated with understanding and controlling plant diseases. Hands on experience will be gained through practical exercises






Schumann,G.L. and D'Arcy,C.J. (2009) Essential Plant Pathology. Saint Paul: APS Press. ISBN 978-0-89054-381-8

See http://www.apsnet.org/apsstore/shopapspress/Pages/43818.aspx

Hockenhull, J., Danielsen, S., de Neergaard, E., Thomsen I. Illustrated Atlas of Fungal Plant Pathogens (Illustrated by N. Leroul).

A set of this will be available at the practical exercises

supplemented with primary literature, course notes and a laboratory manual as a reference


Category Hours
Lectures 30
Practical exercises 42
Colloquia 30
Preparation 100
Exam 4
Excursions 0
English 206


Type of assessment

Written examination, 4 hours under invigilation


All aids allowed

NB: If the exam is held at the ITX, the ITX will provide computers. Private computer, tablet or mobile phone CANNOT be brought along to the exam. Books and notes should be brought on paper or saved on a USB key.

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcomes

Censorship form

No external censorship
One internal examiner


If 10 or fewer register for the reexamination the examination form will be oral

If the requirements are not met the laboratory exercises and theoretical reports has to be handed in 2 weeks before signing up for re-exam and 75% need to be approved

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