Biology of Plant Pathogens (PP 501)

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					            PP 590/790 Plant Disease Resistance: Mechanisms and Applications
                                 MWF 10:15 – 11:05 AM
                                   1406 Gardner Hall
                             Course Syllabus -- Spring 2010

Charles Opperman      1400 Partners II (Cent.)   515-6699
Peter Balint-Kurti    3418 Gardner Hall          515-3516   Peter.Balint-Kurti@ARS.USDA.GOV
Christina Cowger      3409 Gardner Hall          513-7388   Christina.Cowger@ARS.USDA.GOV
David Marshall        1419 Gardner Hall          515-6819   David.Marshall@ARS.USDA.GOV
Teaching Assistant:   To be determined

Office Hours: Office hours will be determined by each instructor and given to the students at
the beginning of each section. We will be available during this time to answer questions
pertaining to the lectures and exams. We will also be available at other times by appointment.

Textbook: No textbook is required for this course. The course is designed to build on
information provided in the lectures with additional readings of the scientific literature.

Description: A comprehensive examination of plant disease resistance and breeding. Topics to
be covered include pathogen variability, qualitative and quantitative resistance, sources and
inheritance of resistance, production of resistant cultivars, R-genes and resistance mechanisms,
pathogen responses to resistance, genetics and genomics of resistance, and transgenic
approaches. Topics presented with relevance to bacterial, fungal, nematode, and viral pathogens,
abiotic stress, and other biotic stress.

Student Learning Objectives: Successful completion of this course will allow students to
describe the genetic and biochemical mechanisms underlying plant disease resistance, describe
the incorporation and utilization of plant disease resistance genes, describe mechanisms of
parasitism, pathogenesis and virulence of plant pathogens, describe the ongoing ‘arms race’
between plant and pathogen, and develop the knowledge for taking advanced courses in plant
pathology and related disciplines.

Attendance Policy: Attendance will not be taken each class period. Students are responsible for
learning the materials provided in the lectures and reading assignments. If class is missed, it is
the student’s responsibility to obtain notes and handouts on their own. Students will only be
permitted to make up a missed exam if arrangements have been made in advance of the exam or
with a note from their doctor. See the University policy on attendance: Attendance Regulation

Academic Integrity: All students are required to adhere to the North Carolina State University
Code of Student Conduct Policy (POL11.35.1):

Statement for students with disabilities:
"Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to
take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with Disability Services for
Students at 1900 Student Health Center, Campus Box 7509, 515-7653. For more information on
NC State's policy on working with students with disabilities, please see the Academic
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Regulation (REG02.20.1):

Grading Policy: The final grade in this course will be computed based on the following

Exam 1: 25%
Exam 2: 25%
Exam 3: 25%
Exam 4:25%

       TOTAL = 100%

Grading Scale:

  100-98 = A+
  97.9-91 = A
  90.9-89 = A-
  88.9-87 = B+
  86.9-81 = B
  80.9-79 = B-
  78.9-77 = C+
  76.9-71 = C
  70.9-69 = C-
  68.9-67 = D+
  66.9-61 = D
  60.9-59 = D-
  Below 59 = F

** Last day to withdraw or drop a course without a grade at the 500-900 level or to change from
credit to audit at the 500-900 level is March 8.

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