Plant Pathology Graduate Courses

The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology offers a M.S.and Ph.D. degree in Plant Pathology.  The PLPM Ph.D. program requires a minimum of 96 hours while the M.S. program requires 32 hours. The current plant pathology curriculum reflects the need for balance between detailed fundamental knowledge of specific concepts with broad-based training.

See detailed course descriptions below:

Major Field Requirements

Course Number
Course Hours
Course Name
PLPA 601 3 Introduction to Plant Pathology
PLPA 613 1 Advanced Plant Pathology Laboratory
PLPA 616 2 Methods in Molecular Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions
PLPA 681 1 Seminar in Plant Pathology
PLPA 685 Variable Credit Special Topics, for rotating students
PLPA 604
1 Fungal Pathogenesis
PLPA 605
1 Bacterial Pathogenesis
PLPA 606
1 Viral Pathogenesis
PLPA 626 2 Diagnosis of Plant Disease
PLPA 623 3 Disease of Field Crops
PLPA 607
1 Pathogen Strategies
PLPA 608
1 Signaling and Resistance
PLPA 609
1 Plant Biochemical Defenses
MEPS 618 3 Root Biology
PLPA 619 3 Plant-Associated Microorganisms

Plant Pathology & Microbiology (PLPM)

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601. Fundamentals of Plant Pathology. Credit 3. Understanding of the underlying mechanisms in the disease process. Prerequisites: Graduate Classification.

613. Advanced Plant Disease Management. Credit 3. On-Line course, providing strong foundation in principles and practices of management of plant diseases. Prerequisites: PLPA 301 or equivalent, permission from instructor.

610. Host Plant Resistance. (3-0). Credit 3. Host plant resistance programs from the standpoint of the plant breeder, plant pathologist and entomologist; team taught with each discipline represented; roundtable discussions of assigned readings and lectures. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor. Cross-listed with ENTO 610 and AGRO 610.

611. Advanced Plant Pathology I. (3-0). Credit 3. Principles and concepts of plant pathogenesis, plant disease epidemiology, and plant disease management at the level of the whole plant and in plant populations; impact and control of significant plant diseases. Prerequisites: PLPA 301 or equivalent; approval of instructor.

616. Methods in Molecular Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions. (2-0). Credit 2. Concepts and techniques used in molecular plant pathology to study the interactions between hosts and pathogens; focus on understanding the rationale for implementing certain procedures and the theoretical concepts underlying the methodology. Prerequisite: PLPA 611 or approval of instructor.

617. Principles and Concepts of Plant Pathogenesis. (3-3). Credit 4. Critical review of the literature on plant pathogenesis, specificity, mechanisms of host defenses and host-parasite interactions; theoretical aspects of pathogenesis; designed for the advanced student in plant pathology. Prerequisite: Graduate classification in plant pathology or approval of instructor.

618. Bacterial Plant Diseases. (2-3). Credit 3. Bacterial diseases of fruit and vegetable crops, field crops and ornamental plants; nature of the disease, dissemination of the pathogen and methods of control. Prerequisite: PLPA 601 or approval of instructor.

620. Plant Virology. (2-3). Credit 3. An overview of plant virology with an emphasis on the molecular biology of host-virus interactions; topics will include virus replication, gene expression, movement, symptoms, transmission and control; current literature and techniques important to virology will be presented. Prerequisite: PLPA 601 or approval of instructor.

623. Diseases of Field Crops. (2-3). Credit 3. Fundamental and practical aspects of more important and representative diseases of field crops; plant disease problems peculiar to extensive cultivation methods. Prerequisites: PLPA 301 and 303*

625. Plant Pathogenic Fungi. (2-4). Credit 4. Identification of fungi responsible for plant diseases; representative pathogens used to illustrate principles used in differentiating species. Prerequisites: PLPA 301 and 303; approval of instructor*

626. Diagnosis of Plant Diseases. (1-3). Credit 2. Techniques employed in field diagnosis of plant diseases; histological and microbiological studies to verify initial diagnosis. Prerequisite: PLPA 625 or approval of instructor*

627. Theory of Plant Disease Epidemics. (2-3). Credit 3. Nature, scope, techniques and theoretical basis of quantitative plant disease epidemiology. Prerequisite: PLPA 606 or approval of instructor.

657. Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts. Credit 3. Biotechnology issues in developing bioenergy as a renewable energy source; emphasis on the three generations of bioenergy and enabling technologies; special topics include recent advances in bioenergy research, government policy, and industrial development. Prerequisite: Graduate Classification

681. Seminar. Credit 1 each semester. Reports and discussions of topics of current interest in plant pathology; review of literature on selected subjects.

684. Professional Internship. Credit 1 to 4. Work-study program for on-the-job training. The student’s major professor and job training supervisor will grade the individual. Prerequisite: Graduate classification in Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology.

685. Directed Studies. Credit 1 to 4 each semester. Individual problems or research not pertaining to thesis or dissertation. Prerequisites: PLPA 301 and 303; approval of instructor.

689. Special Topics in… Credit 1 to 4. Special topics in an identified area of plant pathology. May be repeated for credit. Approval of instructor.

690. Theory of Research. (1-0). Credit 1. Design and development of research theory, inquiry and methodology in various subfields of plant pathology and microbiology; includes examination of modern trends and advances, the analysis or research approaches, and the evaluation and interpretation of data using examples from current research literature. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

691. Research. Credit 1 or more each semester. Original investigations in support of thesis or dissertation.

* Field trip required for which departmental fee may be assessed to cover costs.


Graduate Advisor:
Dr. Daniel Ebbole, Professor
321B Peterson Building

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