PHP-30806 Molecular Aspects of Bio-interactions

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Studiepunten 6.00

OnderwijstypeContacturen
Lecture28
Practical51
Group work2
Course coordinator(s)dr. JAL van Kan
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. R Geurts
dr. G Smant
dr. JAL van Kan
dr. ir. IF Kappers
dr. EC Verhulst
dr. ir. RJM Kormelink
KJ Kloth
Examiner(s)dr. JAL van Kan

Language of instruction:

English

Contents:

Note: This course can not be combined in an individual programme with PHP-21803 Plant Pathology and Disease Epidemiology and/or PBR-32802 Breeding for Resistance.

The course focuses on the molecular basis of the interactions of plants with attackers (viruses, micro-organisms, nematodes, insects, parasitic plants), and beneficial organisms (symbiotic bacteria and fungi).
The following topics are discussed:
- the repertoire of defence mechanisms in plants;
- similarities between plant resistance proteins in relation to specificity towards effector proteins in the attacker;
- signalling processes within an individual plant and between a plant and its neighbours;
- defence-related signal transduction pathways and the cross-talk between pathways;
- mechanisms and strategies by which attackers invade plants, overcome host defence responses and reproduce in or on the host tissues;
- mechanisms and strategies by which symbiotic organisms interact with plants;
- how fundamental molecular knowledge on these biological processes can be exploited to improve control measures, by novel non-toxic chemicals or genetic modification.
Experiments in the practical course illustrate aspects of the theory.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the molecular basis of interactions between plants and viruses, micro-organisms, nematodes, insects, parasitic plants, symbiotic bacteria and fungi;
- understand the complexity of the repertoire of defence mechanisms that plants utilize to (directly or indirectly) counteract attackers;
- comprehend how attackers invade plants and reproduce, with emphasis on the function of certain proteins in these processes;
- comprehend how symbiotic organisms interact with plants without triggering defence responses;
- understand how insights into bio-interactions can be exploited to the benefit of plants;
- perform a short research project in the field of bio-interactions in plants;
- write a report about the project.

Activities:

Lectures and practical course.

Examination:

- written test with 10 open questions (60%);
- evaluation of laboratory performance during short research project (20%);
- quality of group report on short research project (20%).
Each component needs a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.

Literature:

Reader available at the WUR-shop.

OpleidingFaseSpecialisatiePeriode
Keuze voor: MBIBiologyMScD: Ecology and Biodiversity2AF
MBIBiologyMScB: Organismal Adaptation and Development2AF
MBIBiologyMScA: Cell and Molecular Biology2AF
MPSPlant SciencesMScE: Plant Pathology and Entomology2AF
MPBPlant BiotechnologyMScC: Molecular Plant Breeding and Pathology2AF