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BB50254: Plant infection and immunity

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Credits: 15 [equivalent to 30 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 300
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: CW 50%, PR 50%
Assessment Detail:
  • Lab Report (PR 50%)
  • Student Seminar (CW 50%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: By the end of this unit you will be able to:
* Apply systematic understanding to develop a critical awareness of the ability of plants to cope with; environmental stresses, particularly pathogens and pests;
* Discriminatively apply relevant practical techniques and critically interpret results;
* Communicate your critical evaluation and analyses through a formal presentation;
* Critically evaluate experimental evidence within this field;
* Develop teamwork skills through lab-based project work.

Aims: This unit is aimed at students interested in understanding the molecular aspects of plant health and disease that can inform practical approaches to environmental and crop management.

Content: Topics include:
Plant-microbial interactions, biology and control of the major groups of fungal and bacterial plant pathogens, physiological, biochemical and molecular basis of host-parasite interactions , ecological relationships, control strategies (biological control, resistant host genotypes, fungicides), strategies for pathogenicity and host resistance mechanisms.

Programme availability:

BB50254 is Optional (DEU) on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • RSBB-AFM51 : Integrated PhD Molecular Biosciences (Microbiology)
  • TSBB-AFM51 : MSc Molecular Biosciences (Microbiology)


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