Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Genetics and Bioengineering

Code Name Level Year Semester
GBE 341 Plant Pathology Undergraduate 3 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
5 0 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Serkan DOĞAN, Assist. Prof. Dr. Hüseyin PADEM, Prof. Dr.
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Plant disease diagnosis, biology and identification of plant disease causing agents, factors leading to disease build-up, and management of plant diseases. Diseases of specific crops will be studied as examples.
In general terms this course is designed to accomplish the following:
•Apply terminology used by plant pathologists and those interested in plant health
•Learn Bacteria, viruses, fungi, nematodes and other organisms as plant pathogens
•Understand the role of the environment in disease development
•Identify the selected plant diseases
•Learn the methods used in identification of plant pathogens
•Learn Disease diagnosis
•Learn the principles of disease management
•Learn the mechanisms of pathogen invasion and plant defense
•Know the effects of plant diseases on crop production and the environment and control practices

  1. Introduction to plant pathology, Why plant pathology Objectives of plant pathology, Scope of plant pathology Plant Diseases in History Terms and concepts used in plant pathology
  2. Terms and concepts used in plant pathology Concept of Plant disease, Causes of plant diseases, Parasitism and pathogenesis, Koch’s postulates, Effect of pathogen on the plants The disease triangle, Symptoms and signs of plant diseases
  3. Types of Plant diseases, Biotic diseases, Abiotic diseases
  4. Survival of plant pathogens Dispersal of plant pathogens How pathogens attack plants
  5. Defence mechanisms in plants; How plants defend themselves against pathogens Environmental effects on the development of infectious plant disease
  6. Plant disease epidemiology Plant disease diagnosis,
  7. Control of Plant disease Application of Biotechnology in plant disease management
  8. Environmental factors that cause plant diseases
  9. Plant diseases caused by Fungi,
  10. Plant diseases caused by Prokaryotes; Bacteria and Mollicutes,
  11. Plant diseases caused by Viruses

  1. Plant diseases caused by Flagellate Protozoa
  2. Plant diseases caused by Nematodes
  3. Plant diseases caused by Plant Parasites


    • Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Presentation
    • Seminar
    • Project
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)30
    Final Exam130
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • •Understand the importance of Plant diseases.
    • •Learn the mechanisms by which the disease causing agents produce diseases
    • •Figure out the relation between society and plant diseases
    • •Solve problems relating to the fundamental principles of plant pathology.
    • •Define and understand the concept of plant disease spread and spread mechanisms. • Understand interactions between plant diseases and environment
    • 1.Plant Pathology 5th Edition, George N. Agrios
    • 2.Plant Pathologist’s Pocketbook 3rd Edition, J.M. Waller, J.M. Lenné and S.J. Waller

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)600
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
    Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
    Final Examination(1 week) 0
    Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
    Preparation for Final Examination50
    Total Workload: 0
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 0