School Of Science And Health

Plant Microbiology and ProtectionWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 300787.2


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Andy Broderick

Assumed Knowledge
Introductory microbiology and invertebrate biology.

Incompatible Units
300336 - Plant Microbe Interactions, 300643 - Plant Protection

Teaching Periods
Nothing on offer.

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About this Unit
This unit explores the positive and negative aspects of interactions between plants and microorganisms in the environment. Students learn to recognise both the significance of plant pests and methods of reducing their damage to plants and plant products. Major areas of study include: plant pathological viruses, bacteria and fungi, their mode of action, life cycle and symptomatology; natural plant defence mechanisms; root nodules, mycorrhizae and the rhizosphere; major groups of organisms causing plant losses, viz. arthropods, pathogens and weeds; strategies for reducing pest damage (including legislative, physical, biological and chemical) - benefits and limitations; and field recognition of pests and damage assessment.

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