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Course BIO-PPA-01-K-5

Pathogenic Plant-Fungus Interactions (S, 3.0 LP)

Course Type

SWS Type Course Form CP (Effort) Presence-Time / Self-Study
- S Reading course 3.0 CP 16 h 74 h
(S) 3.0 CP 16 h 74 h


CP, Effort 3.0 CP = 90 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem. in WiSe
Level [5] Master (Entry Level)
Language [EN] English
Area of study [BIO-PPA] Phytopathology
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active

Possible Study achievement

  • Verification of study performance: continuous and active participation in the courses
  • Details of the examination (type, duration, criteria) will be announced at the beginning of the course.


The students will hear introductory and summary lectures, read research and review papers, and discuss together and with the teacher the following topics: Cytology and molecular biology of fungal invasion into host plants. Fungal virulence mechanisms. Molecular pathogen-host communication via the apoplast and the host cytoplasm. Fungal effectors and (host-specific) toxins as virulence and avirulence factors. Recog?nition-based host resistance: MAMP- and effector-triggered immunity responses. Modern approaches for generating (transgenic) resistant crop plants.

Competencies / intended learning achievements

Professional competence:

− Understanding the molecular basis of fungal virulence and plant defence mechanisms and their coevolution in natural and agricultural environments.

− Gaining the ability to extending these concepts to other pathogenic plant-microbe interactions.

− Reading and interpreting current research papers and reviews about this topic, and understanding methodological approaches used.

Methodological competence: ---

Social competence:

− Learning to discuss scientific issues with other students and the teacher and explaining complex concepts.

− Learning to simplify complicated topics and ideas and to identify their key aspects.


− Acquirement of scientific knowledge by self-responsible reading of English research literature, and identifying points that require further explanation.

− Critical evaluation of current research data.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

On successfully completing the module students will be able to…

− demonstrate deepened knowledge in specific fields of molecular plant pathology, in particular pathogenic fungus-plant interactions.

− read and understand specialist English literature (research papers and reviews).

− summarize and discuss orally research papers.


  • Lo Presti et al. (2015) Fungal effectors and Plant Susceptibility. Annu Rev Plant Biol Plant Biol 66: 513-45.
  • Jones and Dangl (2006) The plant immune system. Nature 444: 323-329.
  • Dangl et al.. (2013) Pivoting the Plant Immune System from Dissection to Deployment. Science 341: 746-751. (available at


Will be provided at or prior to the beginning of the course

Requirements for attendance (informal)

Bachelor-grade knowledge in molecular biology, genetics, botany, plant physiology, and plant pathology

Requirements for attendance (formal)

Admission to the Master Program ‘Biology’

References to Course [BIO-PPA-01-K-5]

Course-Pool Name
[BIO-LR_all-KPOOL-5] Lecture & Reading Course - all
[BIO-LR_Eco-KPOOL-5] Lecture & Reading Course: Eco
[BIO-LR_MPBiotech-KPOOL-5] Lecture & Reading Course: MPBiotech