Course overview

The Diagnosis and Management of Plant Pathogens course focuses on disease management. Attendees will be enabled to identify and evaluate disease and pathogens that effect plants as well as the best methods to deal with them. This course is tailored for agronomists, plant breeders and crop protection professionals.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the Diagnosis and Management of Plant Pathogens course participants will be able to:

  • Identify suitable strategies for diagnosis and quantification of different pathogens.
  • Evaluate the importance of correct diagnosis and quantification of pathogens at key stages of their life-cycle.
  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of different diagnostic techniques.
  • Identify suitable integrated pest management strategies for a range of plant pathogens.
  • Evaluate recent advances in the field of plant disease control and explain how they may impact on agricultural productivity and food security.
  • Evaluate the financial and ecological implications of different disease management strategies.
Additional Course Information

Areas covered on the Diagnosis and Management of Plant Pathogens course will include:

  • Traditional techniques for diagnosis of plant disease and pathogens
  • Molecular techniques for diagnosis of plant disease and pathogens
  • Molecular techniques for quantification of disease and plant pathogens
  • ELISA and QPCR, normalisation of data
  • Chemical control
  • Non-chemical control
  • Disease and plant pathogen management strategies

Assignment 1 is a critical appraisal of a diagnostic assay and Assignment 2 is based around the topic of disease management in plants. Both will be launched during the taught week’s delivery and the submission will be not less than five weeks later based upon workload scheduling across the course programme. This is to assure that there is sufficient time between launch of the Diagnosis and Management of Plant Pathogens course and submission to meet the time guide requirements associated with the assessment components. Both assignments are worth 50% of the total marks .


Key facts

Course Dates
Course - Five day face-to-face lectures, seminar, field walks and practical based course.
Entry Requirements
Graduate level or relevant experience within the agrifood industry.
Course Provider
Harper Adams University
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
Harper Adams University
Mixed 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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