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PLP 5940: Seed Pathology

(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)