Plant Pathology (PLPA)

PLPA Class Schedule


PLPA 200   Plants, Pathogens, and People   credit: 3 Hours.

Plant diseases and their impact on food supplies and human history are studied in lectures, demonstrations and discussions. Issues of food production and safety, pesticide use and human health, and the environment are considered. Includes the biology of pathogens that cause plant disease. Designed for non-science and science majors. Prerequisite: RHET 105 or equivalent.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Advanced Composition
Nat Sci & Tech - Life Sciences

PLPA 204   Introductory Plant Pathology   credit: 3 Hours.

Concepts relating to causal agents of representative plant diseases, symptoms and diagnosis, modes of infection and spread, effects of environment on disease development, and methods of control.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
Nat Sci & Tech - Life Sciences

PLPA 395   Undergrad Research or Thesis   credit: 1 to 4 Hours.

Independent research, special problems, thesis, development and/or design work under the supervision of an appropriate member of the faculty. May be repeated. Independent Study courses are limited to 12 hours total applying to a degree in ACES. Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above at the time the activity is arranged and consent of instructor.

PLPA 403   Advanced Plant Pathology   credit: 3 Hours.

This course provides students with advanced knowledge of major plant pathogens, including fungi, oomycetes, bacteria, nematodes and viruses as well as major diseases they cause in plants. Lecture topics include taxonomy, etiology, pathogenesis, molecular biology, epidemiology and management. The underlying mechanisms associated with pathogenicity and the complex nature of plants and their pathogens will be presented. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: PLPA 204 or consent of instructors, or graduate student status. Junior standing required.

PLPA 405   Plant Disease Diagnosis & Mgmt   credit: 3 Hours.

Field and laboratory techniques in plant disease diagnosis and appraisal; identification of diseases of small grains, turf, corn, soybeans, forage crops, vegetables, fruit, forest and shade trees, and ornamentals, both on field trips and in laboratory exercises. Includes fundamentals of disease management. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: PLPA 204 or equivalent.

PLPA 407   Diseases of Field Crops   credit: 3 Hours.

Studies the symptoms of major field crop diseases, life histories of causal organisms, and methods of control. Lecture and laboratory. Same as CPSC 407. Additional fees may apply. See Class Schedule. 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: PLPA 204 or PLPA 401.

PLPA 509   Mol Bio of Microbe-Plant Inter   credit: 3 Hours.

Detailed analysis of the microbe-plant interaction at the molecular level. Covers commensal, symbiotic, and pathogenic interactions from viewpoint of both plant and microbe. Emphasizes microbial and plant genes involved in the interactions, their organization, regulation of expression and the nature and function of the encoded gene products. Same as MCB 511. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: MCB 421 or PLPA 204 or equivalents.

PLPA 599   Thesis Research   credit: 0 to 16 Hours.

Individual study and basic and/or applied research related to plant disease; required of all students working toward the Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Pathology. 0 to 16 graduate hours. No professional credit. Approved for S/U grading only. May be repeated in separate semesters.