Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
Understanding of the role of pests in storage areas in particular cereals, pulses, spices, herbs and nuts. Procedures for the application of proper integrated pest management.
Expected learning outcomes
Acquiring knowledge about the problems of storage from the attack of pests. Biology of the main pest species on post-harvest. Procedures for correct prevention of stored product. How to implement a monitoring of pests. Methods of pest control through the use of physical methods.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
The diseased plant (1 credit): functions that are altered and related symptoms, biotic and abiotic diseases, biotic agents: pathogens and pathogenesis; biotrophic, emibiotrophic and necrotrophic pathogens; host-pathogen; interfacies, entry and colonization of the host by viruses, phytoplasmas, bacteria, pathogens and mycorrhizal fungi; enzymes and toxins produced by pathogens and their role in pathogenesis; abiotic factors: physical and chemical factors, environmental pollutants. The physiology of diseased plants (2 credit): changes in respiration, photosynthesis, hormone metabolism and secondary metabolism, alterations in the translocation of nutrients and water. The responses of plants to the infection (2 credits): passive and active defense mechanisms, host and non-host resistance; elicitors and receptors involved in host-pathogen recognition and signal transduction; hypersensitivity reaction and programmed cell death, systemic acquired resistance (SAR) and its induction by natural and synthetic substances. Tutorials on key topics of the course (1 CFU).
Prerequisites for admission
Prerequisite: knowledge in botany, biochemestry, plant physiology and pathology
Teaching methods
Lessons and practices (reports and discussion on specific topics )
Teaching Resources
Slides available on ARIEL.
G.Belli and colleagues, Fondamenti di Patologia Vegetale, Piccin.
Buchanan, Gruissem & Jones, Biochimica e biologia molecolare delle piante, Zanichelli.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The students will be evaluated through an oral exam divided in two parts: (i) presentation of a specific topic (case study) planned with each student; (ii) evaluation of the knowledge of the topics illustrated duting the lessons and the experimental activities.
AGR/12 - PLANT PATHOLOGY - University credits: 6
Laboratories: 16 hours
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Quaglino Fabio
Educational website(s)
On appointment by email (in case of health restrictions on Microsoft Teams)
Second flor - Building 7, via Celoria 2, Milan