Plant Pathology and Soil Health

Learners enrolled: 805
Plant pathology, it is also called as phytopathology deals with the cause, etiology, resulting losses and control or management of the 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 fertilizers and their residue levels in atmosphere. It also consists of analytical techniques which are involved in pesticide analysis.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 04 Jul 2022
End Date : 30 Sep 2022
Enrollment Ends : 15 Sep 2022
Exam Date :

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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

  1. Plant Pathology. Academic Press. New York. Agrios, G.N. (1988).

  2. Principles of Plant Disease Management. Academic Press, New York, NY. Fry, W.E. 1982.

  3. Text Book of Applied Entomology. Vol. II. Kalyani Publishers, New Delhi. Srivastava, K.P. (2004).

  4. Text Book of Applied Entomology. Vol. I. Kalyani Publishers, New Delhi. Srivastava, K.P. (2005).

  5. 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).

  6. World Directory of Pesticide Control Organizations. Farnham, U.K.: british crop protection council. Ekstrom, C., ed. (1994). 

  7. The Pesticide Book, 4th edition. Fresno, CA: Thomson publications. Ware, G.W. (1994).

Instructor bio

Dr. Vindhya K

Dr. Vindhya, K. Course Co-ordinator for Plant Pathology and soil health, massive Open Online Course run on SWAYAM platform. She is currently working as a Faculty in Department of Botany, Maharani’s Science College for Women, University of Mysore, Mysuru. She has a 5 years research experiences in Phytochemistry and Teaching experience in DOS in Botany, University of Mysore. 

She has a life time membership in Indian Science Congress. She has also participated in many seminars of National and International repute. 

103rd Indian Science Congress held at University of Mysore, National seminar on chemistry and chemical biology held at University of Mysore, International symposium on Chemical Biology- Drug Discovery Programme held at University of Mysore, National conference on ‘Plant Biodiversity and Bioprospecting’ held at the University of Mysore.

Attended Dr. Norman E. Borlaug commemoration National conference on ‘Plant Diversity and Plant Health’ held at the Department of studies in Botany, University of Mysore.

Course certificate

Assessment/Assignment marks will be considered for Internal Marks and will carry 30 percent for overall Result.

End Term Exam- will have 100 questions and will carry 70 percent of  overall Result.

*All students, who obtain 40% marks in in-course assessment and 40% marks in end-term proctored exam separately, will be eligible for certificate and credit transfer.

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