NC STATE UNIVERSITY
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Plant Pathology
Academics

Plant Pathology Course Descriptions

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PP315/590J- Principles of Plant Pathology 4(3-3-0) F Preq: BIO 125 Fundamental principles of plant pathology with emphasis on disease etiology, nature of pathogenesis, ecology of host/parasite interaction, epidemiology of plant diseases, current strategies and practices for integrated disease control.Course Offerings: fall

 

PP318 (FOR)- Forest Pathology 3(2-2-0) S Preq: BIO 125 or BO 200 Major diseases of forest trees and deterioration of wood products emphasizing principles of plant pathology; diagnosis; nature, physiology, ecology, and dissemination of disease-causing agents; mechanisms of pathogenesis; epidemiology and environmental influences; principles and practices of control. Course Offerings: sprg

 

PP 460 (Crosslisted with ENT)- Fundamentals of (Pest) Risk Analysis 1(1-0-0) F, Even yrs.

This course provides students with a historical perspective as well as real-time exposure to working professionals involved in the development of risk analysis documents for plant protection. The course uses real world scenarios and addresses contemporary issues facing scientists and regulators tasked with safeguarding American agriculture. Students will gain hands-on problem solving abilities regarding the identification and mitigation of plant pathogens, insects, and noxious weeds that can be introduced into the USA through international trade in agricultural commodities. Course Offerings: fall

 

PP 470 (Crosslisted with ENT & CS)- Advanced Turfgrass Pest Managment 2(2-0-0) S, Even yrs.

This course covers integrated management of weed, insect, and disease problems in turfgrass systems. sprg

 

 

PP492- External Learning Experience 1-6 F,S Preq: Sophomore standing A learning experience in agriculture and life sciences within an academic framework that utilizes facilities and resources which are external to the campus. Contact and arrangements with prospective employers must be initiated by student and approved by a faculty adviser, the prospective employer, the departmental teaching coordinator and the academic dean prior to the experience. Course Offerings: fall sprg

 

PP493- Special Problems in Plant Pathology 1-6 F,S Preq: Sophomore standing A learning experience in agriculture and life sciences within an academic framework that utilizes campus facilities and resources. Contact and arrangements with prospective employers must be initiated by student and approved by a faculty adviser, the prospective employer, the departmental teaching coordinator and the academic dean prior to the experience. Course Offerings: fall, sprg

 

PP495- Special Topics in Plant Pathology 1-3 F,S,Sum Offered as needed to present materials not normally available in regular course offerings or for offering of new courses on a trial basis. Course Offerings: fall, sum1, sum2, sprg

 

 

PP500/500L- Plant Disease: Principles, Diagnosis and Management 4(3-3-0), S Even yrs. Preq: B.S. degree in plant sciences

A one-semester survey of plant pathology. Principles of plant pathology for diagnosis and control of plant diseases, principally for county agents and non-plant pathology graduate students. Course Offerings: sprg

 

PP 501 (BO, MB)- Biology of Plant Pathogens 3(3-0-0) F Preq: PP 315 or equivalent

Biology, physiology and molecular interactions between plant pathogenic fungi and their host plants. Basic introduction to fungal biology and evolutionary relationships, fungal development and life cycles, and genetic variability in fungi. In-depthcoverage of fungal pathogenesis mechanisms, physiology of diseased plants, physiology, genetics, and molecular biology of plant defense reactions, and genetic engineering of plants for disease resistance. Course Offerings: fall

 

PP 502 (CS,HS)- Plant Disease: Methods & Diagnosis 2(0-6-0) F Preq: PP 315 Introduction to the basic principles of disease causality in plants and the methodology for the study and diagnosis of plant diseases caused by bacteria, fungi, nematodes and viruses. Students will learn how to diagnose diseases, culture and identify plant pathogens and learn techniques such as basic microbiology skills and molecular methods from real-time PCR to micro-array work. Course Offerings: fall

 

PP504- Plant Nematology 3(2-3-0) S, Odd yrs. Preq: PP 315 or equivalent or Consent of Instructor

Principles and concepts of nematode biology, plant parasitism and disease, genetics and physiology, plant-nematode interactions, ecology and epidemiology, diagnosis and management of nematode diseases in agroecosystems, classical and contemporary research techniques in nematology. Course Offerings: sprg

 

PP506- Epidemiology and Plant Disease Control 3(3-0-0) S Preq: PP 315 or PP 318

Consideration of fundamental concepts and principles of epidemiology as applied to modern strategies of plant disease control. Special consideration given to evaluation of current techniques for control of fungal, bacterial, viral and nematode pathogens in an integrated crop protection system. Course Offerings: sprg

 

PP507/707- Plant Microbe Interactions 3(3-0-0) S Preq: PP 501 Credit cannot be received for both PP 507 and PP 707 Fundamental concepts and current status of research on the physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology of host-pathogen interactions during plant disease. Topics include recognition, penetration and colonization, pathogenicity and virulence determinants, resistance mechanisms, sign transduction, programmed cell death, and other current topics. Information presented in context of virual-, bacterial-, fungal-and nematode-plan interactions. Course Offerings: sprg

 

PP530- Agriculture, Ethics and the Environment 3(3-0-0) F, Even yrs. Case studies in ethical theory and moral issues in agriculture and life sciences research including ethical theories, populations, food, ozone depletion, soil quality, sustainable and organic agriculture, plant biotechnology and biodiversity, animalrights and welfare, water quality, pesticides, risk assessment, biologically-based pest management, environmental policy and research ethics. Students are active participants and use role playing to present a forum. Course Offerings: fall

 

PP 575 (BO, MB)- Introduction to Mycology 4(3-3-0) F, Even yrs. Preq: BS 125 or BS 181 & 182 or BO 200 or PP 315 or PP 318

A survey of the fungal kingdom in context of phyla and classes. Systematics, ecology, biology and utilization. Illustrative material, cultural techniques in laboratories. Collection and paper required. Course Offerings: fall

 

PP590/790- Special Topics 1-3 F, S, Sum Course Offerings: fall sprg

 

PP715- Applied Evolutionary Analysis of Population Genetic Data 3(3-0-0) F, Odd Yrs.

This course will introduce nonparametric and model-based methods for making inferences on population processes (mutation, migration, drift, recombination, and selection). The goal is to provide a conceptual overview of these methods and hands-on training on how to implement and interpret the results. Sample data sets in computer laboratories will integrate summary statistic, cladistic, coalescent, and bayesian approaches to examine population processes in different pathosystems with specific emphasis on eukaryotic microbes, viruses and bacteria. Course Offerings: fall

 

PP727- Ecology of Soil Ecosystems 3(3-0-0) F, Odd yrs.

An interdisciplinary course primarily focusing on the interactions between soil organisms and their environment, and the ecological consequences of these diverse complex interactions. A broad range of topics, including soil biodiversity, plant-microbial interactions, trophic interactions, energy flow and nutrient cycling, and microbial controls over plant and ecosystem responses to natural and anthropogenic perturbation (e.g., tillage or global change components) are addressed. Course Offerings: fall

 

PP728/728L- Soilborne Plant Pathogens 3(3-0-0) S, Odd yrs.

In-depth study of ecology of soilborne fungal and bacterial pathogens inducing root and wilt diseases in plants. Concepts and principles including but not limited to the soil fungistasis, rhizosphere, inoculum density-disease relationships, survival, environment and root disease, and managing soilborne pathogens with emphasis on biological control.. Course Offerings: fall

 

PP601/801- Seminar 1(1-0-0) F, S, Sum Preq: Consent of seminar chair Discussion of assigned phytopathological topics. Course Offerings: fall, sprg

 

PP610/810- Special Topics 1-3 F, S, Sum Course Offerings: fall, sum1, sum2, sprg

 

PP615/815 & 795- Advanced Special Topics in Plant Pathology 1-3 F,S,Sum Preq: PP 501, 502 or Consent of Instructor Coreq: ST 511

Offered as needed to present materials not normally available in regular course offerings or for offering of new courses on a trial basis. Course Offerings: fall, sum1, sum2, sprg


 

PP620/820- Special Problems1-6 F, S, Sum Preq: Consent of Instructor Investigation of special problems in plant pathology not related to thesis problem. Investigations may consist of original research and/or literature survey. Course Offerings: fall, sum1, sum2, sprg

 

PP685/885- Master's/Doctoral Supervised Teaching1-3 F, S, Sum

Teaching experience under the mentorship of faculty who assist the student in planning for the teaching assignment, observe and provide feedback to the student during the teaching assignment and evaluate the student upon completion of the assignment. Course Offerings: fall, sprg

 

PP688- Non-Thesis Masters Continuous Registration - Half Time Registration1(1-0-0) F,S,Sum Preq: Master's student

For students in non-thesis master's programs who have completed all credit hour requirements for their degree but need to maintain half-time continuous registration to complete incomplete grades, projects, final master's exam, etc.

 

PP689- Non-Thesis Master Continuous Registration - Full Time Registration3(3-0-0) F,S,Sum Preq: Master's students

For students in non-thesis master's programs who have completed all credit hour requirements for their degree but need to maintain full-time continuous registration to complete incomplete grades, projects, final master's exam, etc. Students may register for this course a maximum of one semester.

 

PP690- Master'sExamination1-6 F,S Preq: Master's student

For students in non thesis master's programs who have completed all other requirements of the degree except preparing for and taking the final master's exam. Course Offerings: fall, sum1, sum2, sprg

 

PP693/893- Master's/Doctoral Supervised Research1-9 F,S

Instruction in research and research under the mentorship of a member of the Graduate Faculty. Course Offerings: fall, sum1, sum2, sprg

 

PP695/895- Master's Thesis Research/Doctoral Dissertation Research 1-9 F,S

Thesis research. Course Offerings: fall, sum1, sum2, sprg

 

 

PP696/896- Masters/Doctoral Summer Dissertation Research1(1-0-0) Sum

For graduate students whose programs of work specify no formal course work during a summer session and who will be devoting full time to thesis research. Course Offerings: sum1

 

PP699- Master's Thesis Preparation 1-3 F, S, Sum Preq: Grad. standing, Consent of Instructor

Original research in plant pathology. Course Offerings: fall, sum1, sum2, sprg

 

PP728/728L- Soilborne Plant Pathogens3(2-3-0) S, Fall even yrs.

In-depth study of ecology of soilborne fungal and bacterial pathogens inducing root and wilt diseases in plants. Concepts and principles including but not limited to the rhizosphere, inoculum potential, soil fungistasis, survival, root disease models and biological control. Course Offerings: fall

 

PP 730 (BO, GN, MB)- Fungal Genetics and Physiology3(2-3-0) S, Odd yrs Preq: BCH 451, BO 775, GN 411 or PP 501

Basic concepts of genetics and physiology of fungi, with emphasis on saprophytic and plant pathogenic mycelial fungi. Current literature on evolution, cell structure, growth and development, gene expression, metabolism, sexual and asexual reproduction and incompatibility systems. Laboratory exercises on mutant isolation, sexual and parasexual analysis, genetic transformation, and RFLP and isozyme analysis. Course Offerings: fall

 

PP890- Doctoral Preliminary Examination1-9 F, S, Sum Preq: Doctoral Student For students who are preparing for and taking written and/or oral preliminary exams. Course Offerings: fall, sum1, sum2, sprg

 

PP899- Doctoral Dissertation Preparation1-3 F, S, Sum Preq: Doctoral Student For students who have completed all credit hour requirements, full-time enrollment, preliminary examination, and residency requirements for the doctoral degree and are writing and defending their dissertations.Course Offerings: fall, sum1, sum2, sprg