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Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology
Code: G0006-
Teacher:  Franco Faoro
Year:   
Term: 
CFU: 
CFU subdivision: Lectures: 5
Practices in laboratory:  1
Basic aims:  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.
Acquired skills:  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 contents:  The physio-pathology of the diseased plant:
respiration, photosynthesis, hormone, secondary
metabolism, translocation of nutrients and water.
Pathogens and pathogenic factors. Plant responses to
infection: passive and active defense mechanisms,
systemic acquired resistance. Mechanisms of tolerance
to abiotic stresses.
Tutorials on key topics of the course by light and
electron microscopic observations of tissues infected
by pathogens or subjected to abiotic stress; main
measures of physiological parameters (photosynthesis,
transpiration) of plants subjected to the action of biotic
and abiotic stressors.
Program:  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 (1 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 by light and electron
microscopic observations of tissues infected by pathogens
or subjected to abiotic stress; main measures of
physiological parameters (photosynthesis, transpiration)
of plants subjected to the action of biotic and abiotic
stressors (1 CFU).
Prerequisites:  Basic knowledge of Botany, Biochemistry, Plant
Physiology and Plant Pathology
Preparatory instructions:  one should have passed the examinations of: general
botany, plant biochemistry, physiology of crop plants,
microbiology and agronomy
Learning materials:  G.Belli et al., Fondamenti di Patologia Vegetale, Piccin.
Buchanan, Gruissem & Jones,- Biochimistry and
Molecular Biology of Plants, ASPP Ed. (chapter 20, 21, 22,
24)
Other info:  The examination will take place through an oral interview.
The dates are set and communicated before the end of
the same.
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