Course Information
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate, 3rd / Doctorate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID420000801

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course the students will be able to: 1. design and apply different experimental approaches to study the resistance of particular hosts against particular pathogens, based upon their knowledge on the major disease resistance mechanisms of plants against pathogens 2. recognise resistance mechanisms in various pathosystems
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Respect natural environment
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Mechanisms of resistance to plant disease Genetical aspects of defense. Structural aspects of defense. Resistance elicitors and perception of signals. Hypersensitive response. Pathogenesis related proteins. Antimicrobial metabolites. Systemic acquired resistance and Induced systemic resistance. Parasitism and disease development in plants. Mechanisms of pathogenesis, host – pathogen interactions.
fungal pathogenesis in plants, fungal parasitism in plants, plant pathogen interactions, disease resistance mechanisms in plants, plant cell structure and resistance to fungal attack, elicitors in plant disease resistance, hypersensitive response, antimicrobial compounds, antimicrobial proteins, pathogenesis related proteins, systemic aqcuired resistance, induced systemic resistance
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Course Organization
Reading Assigment
Written assigments
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Slusarenko, A.J., Fraser, R.S.S, and van Loon. 1996. Mechanisms of resistance to plant diseases. Klawer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Boston, London, 660 pp. Vidhyasekaran, P. 2008. Fungal Pathogenesisin Plants and Crops, Molecular Biology and Host Defense Mechanisms Second Edition.CRS Press, London, New York, 509 pp. Guillaume, H., Thonart, P., and Ongena M. 2012. PAMPs, MAMPs, DAMPs and others: an update on the diversity of plant immunity elicitors. Biotechnol. Agron. Soc. Environ., 16(2), 257-268. Collard, B.C.Y., Jahufer, M.Z.Z., Brouwer, J.B., and Pang, E.C.K. 2005. An introduction to markers, quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping and marker-assisted selection for crop improvement: The basic concepts. Euphytica, 142: 169–196. Bozhkov, PV , and Lam, E. 2011.Green death: revealing programmed cell death in plants. Cell Death and Differentiation 18, 1239–1240. Qixian Xu and Lingrui Zhang. 2009. Plant caspase-like proteases in plant programmed cell death. Plant Signaling & Behavior 4: 9, 902-904. Durner, J., and Klessig, D. 1995. Inhibition of ascorbate peroxidase by salicylic acid and 2,6-dichloroisonicotinic acid, two inducers of plant defense responses. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 92: 11312-11316. Zheng Qing Fu and Xinnian Dong. 2013. Systemic Acquired Resistance: Turning Local Infection into Global Defense. Annu. Rev. Plant Biol., 64: 839–63. Uwe Conrath. 2006. Systemic Acquired Resistance. Plant Signaling & Behavior, 1:4, 179-184. Jones, J.D.G., and Dangl, J. L. 2006. The plant immune system. Nature, 444: 323-329.
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