Plant Pathology (PLP)

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Courses

Courses primarily for undergraduates:

(Dual-listed with PLP 5080).
Credits: 3. Contact Hours: Lecture 2, Laboratory 2.

Principles underlying the nature, diagnosis, and management of plant diseases. Laboratory complements lecture topics and provides experience in plant disease diagnosis. (Typically Offered: Fall, Spring)

(Cross-listed with FOR 4160).
Credits: 3. Contact Hours: Lecture 2, Laboratory 2.

Nature of insects and pathogens of forest and shade trees; their role in the dynamics of natural and managed forest ecosystems; and the management of indigenous and exotic pests. Laboratory experience working with insect and fungal pests of trees. (Typically Offered: Fall)

(Cross-listed with ENT 4520/ HORT 4520).
Credits: 3. Contact Hours: Lecture 3.

Prereq: HORT 3510
Identification and biology of important diseases and insect pests of turfgrasses. Development of integrated pest management programs in various turfgrass environments. Offered even-numbered years. (Typically Offered: Spring)

(Dual-listed with MICRO 5770/ PLP 5770). (Cross-listed with MICRO 4770).
Credits: 3. Contact Hours: Lecture 3.

Prereq: 3 credits in MICRO or PLP
Overview of plant-associated bacteria including their ecology, diversity, and the physiological and molecular mechanisms involved with their interactions with plants. The course covers bacterial plant pathogens and pathogenesis, nitrogen fixation and plant symbioses, biological control and plant growth promotion, bacterial disease diagnosis and management, and approaches to the study of microbial communities in the rhizosphere and on leaves. Offered even-numbered years. (Typically Offered: Spring)

Credits: 1-3. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits.

Prereq: 7 credits in BIOL; Junior or Senior classification; Permission of Instructor
Graduation Restriction: A maximum of 6 credits of PLP 4900 may be used toward the total of 128 credits required for graduation. (Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer)

Credits: 1-3. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits.

Prereq: 7 credits in BIOL; Junior or Senior classification; Permission of Instructor
Graduation Restriction: A maximum of 6 credits of PLP 4900 may be used toward the total of 128 credits required for graduation. (Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer)

(Dual-listed with PLP 5940).
Credits: 2. Contact Hours: Lecture 2.

Prereq: PLP 4080
Significance of biotic and abiotic diseases that affect the production and utilization of seeds, during each phase of the seed life cycle: growing, harvesting, conditioning, storing, and planting seed. Mechanisms of seed infection and seed-to-seedling transmission are considered for fungi, bacteria, viruses/viroids, and nematodes. Aspects of epidemiology, management, and host-pathogen relationships are discussed. Emphases include the role of seed health testing in the global seed industry for quality control and phytosanitary certification, as well as the use of seed treatments to mage seedborne and soilborne pathogens and pests. Concurrent enrollment in PLP 4940L/5940L (Seed Pathology Laboratory) is strongly encouraged (on-campus students only). Graduation Restriction: Credit may not be obtained for both PLP/STB 5920 and PLP 5940. Offered odd-numbered years. (Typically Offered: Fall)

(Dual-listed with PLP 5940L).
Credits: 1. Contact Hours: Laboratory 3.

Prereq: PLP 4080
Laboratory in seed pathology. Seed health testing methods; effects of seed treatments and seed conditioning on seedborne pathogens. Offered odd-numbered years. (Typically Offered: Fall)

Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduates:

Credits: 2. Contact Hours: Lecture 2.

Prereq: (BIOL 3130 and PLP 4080 or PLP 4160) or Graduate Classification
Introduction to mechanisms of plant-parasite interaction. Genetics and molecular genetics of plant disease resistance and pathogenicity. Offered odd-numbered years. (Typically Offered: Spring)

(Dual-listed with PLP 4080).
Credits: 3. Contact Hours: Lecture 2, Laboratory 2.

Principles underlying the nature, diagnosis, and management of plant diseases. Laboratory complements lecture topics and provides experience in plant disease diagnosis. (Typically Offered: Fall, Spring)

(Cross-listed with MICRO 5090).
Credits: 2. Contact Hours: Lecture 1, Discussion 1.

Prereq: (BBMB 3010 or BIOL 3130) or Graduate Classification
Taxonomy, molecular mechanisms, host-interactions, vector transmission, epidemiology, detection, control and exploitation of plant viruses. Course will consist of a mixture of lectures, and student-led presentations using primary literature. Offered odd-numbered years. (Typically Offered: Spring)

(Cross-listed with ENT 5110/ HORT 5110).
Credits: 3. Contact Hours: Lecture 3.

Prereq: (ENT 3700 or ENT 3760 or HORT 2210 or PLP 4080 or PLP 4160) or Graduate Classification
Applications of Integrated Crop management principles (including plant pathology, entomology, and horticulture) to tropical cropping systems. Familiarization with a variety of tropical agroecosystems and Costa Rican culture is followed by a 10-day tour of Costa Rican agriculture during spring break, then writeup of individual projects. Offered odd-numbered years. Meets International Perspectives Requirement. (Typically Offered: Spring)

Credits: 2. Contact Hours: Lecture 2.

Exploration of the major groups of plant pathogenic fungi and oomycetes, focusing on the diseases they cause as well as pathogen ecology, diagnosis, crop resistance, and fungicide resistance. Offered odd-numbered years. (Typically Offered: Spring)

(Cross-listed with AGRON 5300/ ENT 5300/ SUSAG 5300).
Credits: 3. Contact Hours: Lecture 3.

Durable, least-toxic strategies for managing weeds, pathogens, and insect pests, with emphasis on underlying ecological processes. Offered even-numbered years. (Typically Offered: Fall)

Credits: 3. Contact Hours: Lecture 3.

Prereq: (PLP 4080 or PLP 4160) or graduate classification
Nutter. Theory and practice related to the ecology and epidemiology of plant disease epidemics. Interactions among host and pathogen populations as affected by the environment are quantified with respect to time and space. Alysis of ecological and host and pathogen genetic factors that alter the course of plant disease epidemics. Risk assessment theory, disease forecasting, and modeling the impact of biotic plant stresses on yield and quality are also emphasized. Offered odd-numbered years. (Typically Offered: Fall)

(Cross-listed with ENT 5520/ HORT 5520).
Credits: 3. Contact Hours: Lecture 3.

Prereq: HORT 3510 or Graduate Classification
Identification and biology of important diseases and insect pests of turfgrasses. Development of integrated pest management programs in various turfgrass environments. Offered even-numbered years. (Typically Offered: Spring)

Credits: 2. Contact Hours: Lecture 2.

Morphology, atomy, identification, management, and life cycles of common plant-parasitic nematodes; host parasite interactions; recent advances in plant nematology. Offered odd-numbered years. (Typically Offered: Fall)

Credits: 1. Contact Hours: Laboratory 3.

Practical skills of sample collection, processing, extraction, and identification of plant-parasitic nematodes from soil and roots; other techniques will be discussed. Offered odd-numbered years. (Typically Offered: Fall)

(Dual-listed with MICRO 4770/ PLP 4770). (Cross-listed with MICRO 5770).
Credits: 3. Contact Hours: Lecture 3.

Prereq: (3 credits in MICRO or PLP) or Graduate Classification
Overview of plant-associated bacteria including their ecology, diversity, and the physiological and molecular mechanisms involved with their interactions with plants. The course covers bacterial plant pathogens and pathogenesis, nitrogen fixation and plant symbioses, biological control and plant growth promotion, bacterial disease diagnosis and management, and approaches to the study of microbial communities in the rhizosphere and on leaves. Offered even-numbered years. (Typically Offered: Spring)

(Cross-listed with AGRON 5810/ ENT 5810/ HORT 5810).
Credits: 1.

A supervised learning experience in several extension delivery methods used in the plant sciences. Participation in Iowa State University-based extension programs that may include field crops horticulture, or Master Gardener programming. Offered odd-numbered years. (Typically Offered: Summer)

Credits: 1-3. Repeatable.

Prereq: 10 credits in biological sciences, Permission of Instructor
(Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer)

(Cross-listed with STB 5920).
Credits: 2. Contact Hours: Lecture 2.

Occurrence and management of diseases during seed production, harvest, conditioning, storage, and planting. Emphasis on epidemiology, disease management in the field, seed treatment, effects of conditioning on seed health, and seed health testing. Graduation Restriction: Credit may not be obtained for both PLP/STB 5920 and PLP 5940. Offered even-numbered years. (Typically Offered: Spring)

(Dual-listed with PLP 4940).
Credits: 2. Contact Hours: Lecture 2.

Prereq: PLP 4080 or Graduate Classification
Significance of biotic and abiotic diseases that affect the production and utilization of seeds, during each phase of the seed life cycle: growing, harvesting, conditioning, storing, and planting seed. Mechanisms of seed infection and seed-to-seedling transmission are considered for fungi, bacteria, viruses/viroids, and nematodes. Aspects of epidemiology, management, and host-pathogen relationships are discussed. Emphases include the role of seed health testing in the global seed industry for quality control and phytosanitary certification, as well as the use of seed treatments to mage seedborne and soilborne pathogens and pests. Concurrent enrollment in PLP 4940L/5940L (Seed Pathology Laboratory) is strongly encouraged (on-campus students only). Graduation Restriction: Credit may not be obtained for both PLP/STB 5920 and PLP 5940. Offered odd-numbered years. (Typically Offered: Fall)

(Dual-listed with PLP 4940L).
Credits: 1. Contact Hours: Laboratory 3.

Prereq: PLP 4080 or Graduate Classification
Laboratory in seed pathology. Seed health testing methods; effects of seed treatments and seed conditioning on seedborne pathogens. Offered odd-numbered years. (Typically Offered: Fall)

Credits: 1-30. Repeatable.

Independent study related to the student's area of specialization and approved by the student's major professor. (Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer)

Courses for graduate students:

(Cross-listed with MICRO 6080/ VMPM 6080).
Credits: 3. Contact Hours: Lecture 3.

Prereq: BBMB 4050 or GDCB 5110
Advanced study of virus host-cell interactions. Molecular mechanisms of viral replication and pathogenesis. Offered even-numbered years. (Typically Offered: Fall)

Credits: 2. Contact Hours: Lecture 2.

Skill building to improve oral presentation fundamentals for graduate students in biological sciences. Principles and guidance in both personal speaking style and maximizing impact of presentation software. In-depth lectures and class discussions on all aspects of presentation skills. Video and anonymous peer review of individual speeches. (Typically Offered: Spring)

Credits: 2. Contact Hours: Laboratory 6.
Repeatable.

Prereq: (PLP 4080 or PLP 4160) or graduate classification
Diagnosis of plant diseases, plant disease assessment methods, and the integration of disease management into commercial crop production practices. Objectives are to familiarize students with common diseases of Midwest crops and landscape plants, and to provide experience in disease diagnosis. Field trips include commercial operations, agricultural research facilities, and ornamental plantings. Offered even-numbered years. (Typically Offered: Summer)

(Cross-listed with MICRO 6920).
Credits: 3. Contact Hours: Lecture 3.

Semil and current research in molecular and physiological aspects of plant interactions with pathogens, including mechanisms of pathogenesis, host-pathogen recognition and host defense, with an emphasis on critical evaluation of primary literature. Students also complete a research proposal writing and peer review exercise. Offered odd-numbered years. (Typically Offered: Spring)

Credits: 2. Contact Hours: Lecture 2.
Repeatable.

Advanced topics in plant pathology, including biological control, cultural control, resistance gene deployment, genetic engineering for disease resistance, chemical control, integrated pest management, emerging diseases, fungal genetics, insect vector biology, professional communications, etc. (Typically Offered: Spring)

Credits: 1. Contact Hours: Lecture 1.
Repeatable.

Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only. (Typically Offered: Fall, Spring)

Credits: 1-30. Repeatable.

Thesis and dissertation research. (Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer)