Postgraduate Course: Fundamentals of Plant Health (PGGE11203)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course will provide an understanding of the biotic and abiotic causes of poor plants health together with knowledge of the practices and approaches used to enhance the health and wellbeing of plants in a range of managed ecosystems.
The course will include a series of lectures and associated lab classes providing a foundation in plant health interactions within the context of managed ecosystems and selective change.
You will explore the diversity of organisms with which plants interact and their impact ¿ positive and negative ¿ on plant health. Strategies for enhancing plant health will be covered, including:
- plant breeding;
- pest, weed and disease management;
- the maintenance of a healthy environment.
Week 1: Introduction to biotic and abiotic factors in plant health and ecology of plant health
Week 2: Diagnostics and means to identify pests and pathogens
Week 3: When and why do pathogens, pests or weeds become problematic?
Week 4: Key plant health problems ¿ origins and biology
Week 5: Epidemiology ¿ transmission and spread of plant health problems: concepts and methods
Week 6: Genetic control
Week 7: Chemical control
Week 8: Cultural and biological control
Week 9: Integration of management practices and plant health management strategies
Week 10: Planning for change in an unpredictable world
Week 11: Revision and exam technique
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Coursework assessment (3000 words) will consist of a critique of a factor detrimental to plant health (50% of total class mark). It can cover biotic and abiotic factors impacting on the health of a selected plant group or crop type with details of:
- the nature of the interactions;
- means of recognition or diagnosis;
- an evaluation of the causes and management or remediation of any damage to the health of the plant(s).
The submission deadline for the critique is 9th November 2015.
The final exam (2h) will take place in December (50% of total class mark).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Have an understanding the diversity of plant biotic interactions and their consequence for the health status of plants,
- Recognise key features of the environment which contribute to, or detract from ,good plant health
- Recognise key biotic agents causing plant health problems
- Evaluate approaches to plant health management in relation to a dynamic ecosystem
|Agrios G.N. (2005) Plant Pathology 5th Edition. ISBN 9780120445653|
Jurgen K. (2002) Comparative Epidemiology of Plant Diseases. ISBN 354043688X
Ahmad P. and Rasool S. (2014) Emerging Technologies and Management of Crop Stress Tolerance. ISBN 978-0-12-800876-8
Alford D.V. (2000) Pest and Disease Management Handbook. ISBN 0632055030
Lucas J.A. (1998) Plant Pathology and Plant Pathogens 3rd Edition. ISBN 0632030461
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Students will acquire and develop the following transferable skills:
Knowledge-based ¿ to develop a knowledge and understanding of plant biotic and abiotic interactions and their impact on plant health.
Integrative ¿ using an understanding of the ecological and management drivers to evaluate the effectiveness and sustainability of plant health management strategies.
Critical ¿ evaluation of the strengths or weaknesses of particular approaches to plant health management
|Keywords||Pests,pathogens,weeds,plant disease control,crop protection
|Course organiser||Dr Mark Hocart
Tel: 0131 535 4084
|Course secretary||Mrs Elspeth Martin
Tel: 0131 535 4198
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