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BB20032: Plant symbiosis & pathology

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 80%, PR 20%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 80%)
  • Practical (PR 20%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take BB10157
Further information on descriptions 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.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB20032 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.