Course overview

The Biology of Plant Parasitic Nematodes course will deal with the biology and epidemiology of nematodes which are one of the main causes of plant disease.

This five day course is intended for agronomists, plant breeders and crop protection professionals who need to develop an in depth knowledge of the underlying biology and epidemiology of parasitic nematodes.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify genera of plant parasitic nematodes associated with crop damage in a range of geographical locations.
  • Evaluate the anatomy of plant-parasitic nematodes and relate to the functional organism.
  • Utilise traditional (nematode morphology and taxonomic keys) and molecular methods for the identification of plant parasitic nematodes.
  • Evaluate the life-cycle, physiology, survival, reproduction and plant-parasite interactions of plant parasitic nematodes.
Additional Course Information

Areas covered will include:

  • Morphology and taxonomy of plant parasites
  • Traditional and molecular methods for identifying plant parasitic nematodes
  • Host finding and movement
  • Nematode feeding
  • Reproduction and survival
  • Population dynamics

An in-class test (25%) (Identification) provides participants with the opportunity to demonstrate learning in relation to learning outcomes 1 and 2 (Skills/Career).

Final assignment (75%) will help develop the participant's ability to demonstrate learning outcomes 1-4.

The assignment will be launched at the start of the teaching week

Key facts

Course Dates
Course - 5 days - Lectures and practical course.
Entry Requirements
Graduate level or relevant experience within the agrifood industry.
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
Course Provider
Harper Adams University
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
Harper Adams University
AFTP Cohort
My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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