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Plant Pathology (PLP) 

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

2014-2015 Degree Requirements Sheets - click here for previous years

An asterisk (*) following the four-digit number indicates the course is approved for graduate credit. Graduate College   

PLP 2143
Global Issues in Agricultural Biosecurity and Forensics.
Biosecurity, biosafety, bioterrorism, microbial forensics, emerging organisms, invasive species, quarantine, response, surveillance, detection, diagnostics, and how all system components integrate to science and to agricultural specialties, economics and defense. (Same course as ENTO 2143)

PLP 3343
Principles of Plant Pathology.
Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): BOT 1404 or BOT 3463 or MICR 2125 or PLNT 2013. Introduction to basic principles and concepts of plant pathology, including the nature, cause and control of biotic and environmentally induced plant diseases, with emphasis on principles and methods of disease management. Offered in combination with PLP 5343. No credit for both 3343 and 5343.

PLP 3553
Fungi: Myths and More.
Lab 1. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1114. Explores the impact of fungi on beliefs, culture and society via the colorful folklore and myths of fungi and their role in the environment and human affairs, including diseases of plants, animals and humans exemplified by the Great Bengal famine of 1943, The Irish potato famine, 1840’s and the Salem witch trials 1692. Laboratory instruction on use of microscopes, mushroom identification, mechanisms of dispersal, and genetic recombination. (Same course as BOT 3553)

PLP 3663
Turfgrass Integrated Pest Management.
Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): 3343, ENTO 2993. The biology, ecology and identification of fungal, nematode and insect turfgrass pests. Contemporary concepts and applications of integrated control practices available for managing turfgrass pests presented along with decision-making tools for use in turfgrass pest management programs. (Same course as ENTO 3663)

PLP 4400
Special Topics.
1-3 credits, max 3. Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Special topics in Plant Pathology, Entomology or related fields. (Same course as ENTO 4400)

PLP 4923*
Applications of Biotechnology in Pest Management.
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1114 and CHEM 1215 or equivalent. Applications of biotechnology in controlling arthropod pests of plants and animals, plant pathogens, and weeds. Introduction to underlying technology, products being developed and deployed, their effectiveness and associated problems or concerns resulting from their use. (Same course as ENTO 4923 and PLNT 4923)

PLP 5000*
1-6 credits, max 6. Research for the MS degree.

PLP 5003*
Plant Nematology.
Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): 3343 or concurrent enrollment. General morphology, taxonomy and bionomics of nonparasitic and plant parasitic nematodes. Plant parasitic nematode assay techniques, subfamily identification, symptomology, pathogenicity and control.

PLP 5012*
Plant Virology Laboratory.
Lab 4. Methods of investigating plant viruses.

PLP 5013*
Plant Virology.
Prerequisite(s): 3343 or equivalent; one course in biochemistry or physiology. Transmission, characterization, differentiation, replication, and control of plant viruses; discussion of current literature.

PLP 5104*
Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. A systematic study of the fungi, with emphasis on taxonomy, comparative morphology and fungal biology. Taught in the Department of Plant Pathology. (Same course as BOT 5104*)

PLP 5304*
Lab 3. Prerequisite(s): 3343. Bacteria as plant pathogens, with examination of the taxonomy, genetics, ecology, physiology, host-parasite interaction, and control of phytobacteria.

PLP 5343*
Principles of Plant Pathology.
Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): BOT 1404 or BOT 3463 or MICR 2125 or PLNT 2013. Introduction to basic principles and concepts of plant pathology, including the nature, cause and control of biotic and environmentally induced plant diseases. Offered in combination with PLP 3343. No credit for both 3343 and 5343. Graduate students will be expected to complete extra assignments.

PLP 5413*
Plant Disease Epidemiology.
Lab 3. Prerequisite(s): 3343 or 5043. Introduction to methodology and technical equipment used in epidemiological research and application of epidemiological principles in plant disease control.

PLP 5524*
Integrated Management of Insect Pests and Pathogens.
Lab 4. Prerequisite(s): 3343, ENTO 2993 or equivalent or consent of instructor. Modern theory and practices for management of insect pests and pathogens in plant production systems, emphasizing an ecologically-based, integrated approach. Basic concepts of pest management, decision-making, cost/benefit analysis, and risk/benefit analysis. (Same course as ENTO 5524)

PLP 5560*
Problems in Plant Pathology.
1-5 credits, max 10. Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

PLP 5613*
Host Plant Resistance.
Lab 2. Prerequisite(s): 3343 and ENTO 2993 or equivalent and a general genetics course; or consent of instructor. Interactions of plants and the herbivorous insects and pathogenic micro-organisms that attack them. Development and deployment of multiple-pest resistant cultivars in crop management systems. (Same course as ENTO 5613)

PLP 5623*
Advanced Biotechnology Methods.
Lab 3. Prerequisite(s): BIOC 3653, BIOL 3023 or equivalent or consent of instructor. Overview of current theory and principles of biotechnology and laboratory experience with contemporary techniques and experimental methods used in biotechnology, including genome analysis, gene transfer, identification and isolation of genes and their products, and regulation of gene expression in plants and arthropods. (Same course as ENTO 5623*)

PLP 5700*
Teaching Practicum in Plant Pathology.
1-6 credits, max 6. Prerequisite(s): Graduate student standing. Variable credit offering for graduate students who wish to develop skills in teaching, assessment and course development working in conjunction with a primary instructor.

PLP 5724*
Physiology of Host-Pathogen Interactions.
Lab 4. Prerequisite(s): 3343 and BIOC 3653. Physiology of the interactions between plants and pathogens. Mechanisms by which pathogens infect and by which plants resist infection.

PLP 5860*
2 credits, max 2. Prerequisite(s): 3343. Concepts and principles of plant pathology through discussions of pertinent literature.

PLP 5870*
Scientific Presentations.
1 credit, max 5. Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Preparation and delivery of scientific presentations, including 50-minute seminars, 10-minute talks, and posters. (Same course as ENTO 5870*)

PLP 5992*
Career Skills and Professionalism for Scientists.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. For graduate students majoring in science-based fields, especially those nearing graduation. Skills needed for effective job application and interviewing, career development and advancement, communication with professional colleagues and the public, and personal professional development. (Same course as ENTO 5992*)

PLP 6000*
1-12 credits, max 36. Research for the PhD degree.

PLP 6303*
Soilborne Diseases of Plants.
Lab 3. Prerequisite(s): 3343. Soilborne diseases, their reception and importance, the pathogens involved, rhizoplane and rhizosphere influences, inoculum potential, specialization of pathogens, suppressive soil effects, and disease management. Lecture and discussion sessions will emphasize in-depth understanding of problems and complexities associated with studies of soilborne pathogens.

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Academic Calendar

Fall 2014

Tuesday, September 30
Six week grades due from faculty

Friday, October 24
Students' Fall Break (No Classes)

Monday, November 3

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Friday, November 21
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Wednesday, November 26
First day of students' Thanksgiving break (No classes)

Thursday-Friday, November 27-28
University holiday

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