- Student Records
Programme & Unit Catalogues

Department of Biology & Biochemistry, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

BB20032: Plant symbiosis & pathology

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 1
Click here for further information Assessment: EX 80%, PR 20%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take BB10157
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
To understand how plant health and disease are influenced by the way plants interact with microorganisms, with one another and their physical surroundings in natural and cultivated environments, with a view to developing sound management practice. To understand the biology and control of the major groups of fungal and bacterial plant pathogens. To introduce the physiological, biochemical and molecular basis of host-parasite interactions.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* demonstrate a balanced, all-round perspective of plant health and disease that can inform practical approaches to environmental and crop management;
* name the major groups of fungal and bacterial plant pathogens and describe their key biological features and methods of control;
* explain the molecular and biochemical basis of host-pathogen interactions;
* describe the modes of action of key fungicides.

Learning and studying T/F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Laboratory skills T/F, Information technology T/F, Information handling & retrieval T/F/A, Working independently T/F.

"Ecological relationships" including: concepts of plant health and disease, modes of interactions between plants and other organisms as complex systems, epiphytes and endophytes; patterns and process of decay in trees; mycorrhizas; parasitic plants; human influences on plant health. Pathogen major groups and life cycles. Epidemiology. Control strategies to include, biological control, resistant host genotypes, fungicides; fungicide groups and modes of action. Strategies for pathogenicity and modes of nutrition: necrotrophy, biotrophy, microbial pathogenicity and virulence factors. Host resistance mechanisms: constitutive and induced structures and antimicrobial compounds; resistance genes and hypersensitive reactions.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

BB20032 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • USBB-AFB03 : BSc (hons) Biology (Full-time) - Year 2
  • USBB-AKB07 : BSc (hons) Biology with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 2
  • RSBB-AFM17 : Integrated PhD Postgenomic Biosciences (Molecular Plant Sciences Route) (Full-time) - Year 1
  • TSBB-AFM17 : MRes Molecular Plant Sciences (Full-time) - Year 1
  • TSBB-AFM10 : MSc Molecular Microbiology (Full-time) - Year 1
  • TSBB-AFM11 : MSc Molecular Plant Sciences (Full-time) - Year 1

NB. Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.