Academic Year 2021/2022 - 1° Year
Teaching Staff: Vittoria Catara
Credit Value: 8
Scientific field: AGR/12 - Plant pathology
Course Language: Italian
Taught classes: 42 hours
Exercise: 28 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives

To train students in planning and implementing biotechnology strategies aimed at the integrated management of plant diseases, in developing protocols for the exploitation of natural biodiverisity of microorganisms, as well as microbe genes and biomolecules, in developing of molecular diagnostics.

Course Structure

The course is organised as frontal lecture (42 hrs) and other activities (28 hrs) including laboratory or external activities and seminars.

Should teaching be carried out in mixed mode or remotely, it may be necessary to introduce changes with respect to previous statements, in line with the programme planned and outlined in the syllabus.

As a guarantee of equal opportunities and in compliance with current laws, interested students can ask for a personal interview in order to plan any compensatory and/or dispensatory measures, based on their specific needs and on teaching objectives of the discipline.
It is also possible to ask the departmental contacts of CInAP (Center for Active and Participatory Integration - Services for Disabilities and/or DSAs), in the persons of professors Giovanna Tropea Garzia and Anna De Angelis.

Detailed Course Content

Molecular plant-microbe interactions; virulence and pathogenicity genes, the plant plant immune system; defense technologies based on interference with the pathogens and induction of plant defenses; biology of antagonistic microorganisms and biopesticides; development of biomolecules or genes for biotechnology applications, molecular techniques for diagnosis and characterization of plant associated microorganisms.

Textbook Information

1. Matta A., Buonaurio R., Favaron F., Scala A., Scala F. 2017. Fondamenti di patologia vegetale (2a edizione), 490 pp. Patron editore ISBN 9788855533829 (main text book))

For Erasmus students the following book could be useful: Dickinson M. (2004) Molecular Plant Pathology. BIOS Scientific Publ., London, 256 pp.2. Or other material to study provided by the professor.