Course detail

LFT5870 - Causal Agents of Plant Diseases

Credit hours

In-class work
per week
per week
15 weeks
120 hours

Ivan Paulo Bedendo
Jorge Alberto Marques Rezende
Nelson Sidnei Massola Júnior

Provide students, primarily of the Master’s course, through theoretical/practical lessons a comprehensive overview of the main causal agents of plants disease groups with emphasis on biological aspects relevant to understanding the disease process and its control.

Classification systems of living beings. The domain Bacteria and its phytopathogenic agents: general characteristics, classification and clinical symptoms of the main diseases. Basic methods in bacteriology. Fungi as causal agents of disease. Fungi of the Kingdom Stramenopila and Protozoa. True fungi: ascomycetes, basidiomycetes, zygomycetes and anamorphic fungi. Virus: nature of the viral particle. Virus taxonomy. Clinical symptoms of viral diseases. Basic methods in virology. Nematodes: biology, morphology and classification. Main genera of phytonematodes and diseases that they cause. Basic methods in Phytonematology. Other causative agents of disease. Abiotic diseases.

Agrios, G.N. Plant Pathology. Orlando. Academic Press.2005. 5th edition
Amorim, L.; Rezende, J.A.M.; Bergamin Filho, A. Manual de Fitopatologia. Vol 1. 2018. Quinta edição
Hull, R. Comparative plant virology. Elsevier, 2009, 376 p.
Kado, C.I. Plant Bacteriology. American Phytopathological Society Press. St. Paul. 2010.
Journals - Annual Review Plant Pathology, Tropical Plant Pathology, Plant Disease, Plant Pathology, Phytopathology, Revisão Anual de Patologia de Plantas, Summa Phytopathologica, Nematologia Brasileira