Plant Pathology And Soil Health

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Plant pathology is that branch of agricultural, botanical or biological sciences which deals with the study of cause of the disease, resulting losses and control of plant diseases. It includes the study on the living entities that cause diseases in plants; the mechanism by which the disease causing agents produce diseases; the interactions between the disease causing agents and host plant in relation to overall environment.  Soil health deals with soil as a natural resources on the surface of the earth including soil formation, classification, physical, chemical, biological and fertility properties of soil. It includes the effects of agricultural pesticides and fertilisers and their residue levels in atmosphere. It also consists of analytical techniques which are involved in pesticide analysis.

It includes the study of agrochemicals. They are highly toxic and have been associated with serious human health and environmental damages. This course will cover general agricultural pesticide worker responsibilities and general agricultural pests identification and control. The study will generate specific information on the types and quantity of agrochemicals used. This course also includes the techniques and methods that are useful for the management of harmful insects that cause significant damage or loss to us by attacking the agricultural crops we cultivate and veterinary animals we raise. It also consists of detailed account on management of harmful insects by adopting various methods, including integrated pest management. 

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 15 Jul 2019
End Date : 30 Sep 2019
Exam Date : 10 Nov 2019 IST
Enrollment Ends : 10 Sep 2019
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week – I - 1. Plant pathology | 2. Viral diseases in plants | 3.Bacterial diseases in plants | 4.    Fungal diseases in plants

Week – II - 5. Life Cycles in Insects | 6. Principles and Methods of Pest Control | 7.Pests of Cereal Crops | 8. Pests of Pulses and Sugar Cane |

Week – III - 9.Pests of Oil Seeds and Forage Crops | 10. Insects of Industrial importance | 11. Applied Entomology |

Week - IV - 12. Agronomy of Crop Plants | 13. Soil Chemistry and Fertility | 14. Macro and Micro Nutrients | 15. Chemistry of Pesticides | 

Week – V - 16. Inorganic Pesticides | 17. Pesticide Formulation | 18. Organophosphorus Pesticides | 19. Pyrethroids and Other Natural Pesticides |

Week – VI - 20. Recent Advances in Pest Control | 21.Resistance against Pesticides | 22. Host Plant Resistance | 23. Pesticide Hazards |

Week – VII - 24. Penetration and Distribution of Pesticide Residues and their Effects on Quality of Human Life | 25. Pesticide Residues in the Water | 26. Pesticide Residues in the Soil |

Week - VIII - 27.Analysis of Pesticide Residues and Toxicological Testing Methods | 28. Analysis Techniques involved in Pesticide Analysis | 29. Biotechnology Approaches in Pest Management|

Week – IX - 30. Integrated Pest Management | 31. Bio fertilizer | 32. Herbicides | 33.Fungicides | 

Week - X - 34.Controlled Release of Pesticides, Fertilizers and their Formulations | 35. Bionomics and Control of The Crop Plants | 36. Bionomics and Management of the Stored Food Crops |

Week - XI - 37. Bionomics and Management of The Medically important Pests | 38. Agro Ecosystem Analysis | 39. Analysis of Agrochemicals | 40. Plant Protection Appliances |

Books and references

Reading material

Author & Year

Type of publication (article/notes)

Content Abstract

Number of pages

Plant Pathology. Academic Press. New York.

Agrios, G.N. (1988)

Text Book

Disease causing organisms, symptoms, interaction among abiotic and biotic factor.


Principles of Plant Disease Management. Academic Press, New York, NY.

Fry, W.E. 1982

Text Book

Controlled measure of plant disease.


Text Book of Applied Entomology. Vol. II. Kalyani Publishers, New Delhi

Srivastava, K.P. (2004)

Text Book

Characteristic features of insects, Agricultural pests, Veterinary pests and Pests of public health importance, etc.


Text Book of Applied Entomology. Vol. I. Kalyani Publishers, New Delhi

Srivastava, K.P. (2005)

Text Book

Methods of insect pest control


Study Material for Insect Ecology and Integrated Pest Management: Department of Agricultural Entomology, Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad

Raghavaiah, G. and Ramesh Babu, T. (2012)

Laboratory Manual: Course No. Ento.

231 (2+1).

Beneficial insects, IPM,


World directory of Pesticide control organizations. Farnham, U.K.: british crop protection council.

Ekstrom, C., ed. (1994).

Text book

Pesticides, organic pesticides


The Pesticide book, 4th edition. Fresno, CA: Thomson publications

Ware, G.W. (1994).

Text book

Controlled released pesticides, pesticide hazards.


Course certificate

30% for in course Assessment  & 70% of end-term Proctored exam. The Certificates will be available after Qualifying in the end-term online Proctored exam.

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