Study programmes / B-PPR Plant Protection / General Phytopathology
Course code:OFPAT
Course title in language of instruction:Obecná fytopatologie
Course title in Czech:Obecná fytopatologie
Course title in English:General Phytopathology
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (5 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 2/2
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:bachelor
Semester:WS 2020/2021 - FA
Name of lecturer:prof. Ing. Radovan Pokorný, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Ing. Jana Víchová, Ph.D. (instructor, lecturer)
Aims of the course:Students gain knowledge in basis of disease development, taxonomy of pathogens and relationships between plant and pathogens. They gains knowledge in pathogenesis and dissemination of pathogens. They gain skills in determination of pathogens.
Course contents:
1.Multicomponent theory of plant disesease establihment and development (allowance 16/6)
a.Ethiology of plant diseases, plant pathogen interactions, plant pathosystems
b.Taxonomy of pathogenes, Symptomatology of plant diseases
c.Viruses, phytoplasmas, bacteria, their transmission, diagnostics

2.Infection cycles of pathogens, inoculum sources, host clonisation (allowance 8/22)
a.Bacteria and fungi, taxonomy
b.Fungi fructification organs, microscopy
c.Physiological changes during plant pathogenesis, pathotoxins, defence reaction of plants
d.Cycles of some pathogens from Ascomycota, Basidiomycota, Deuteromycetes
e.Epidemics, methods of evaluation of diseases, integrated pathogens management

3.Genetics basis of plant pathogen relationships (allowance 4/0)
a.Resistance, susceptibility, tolerance, sensitivity
b.Pathogenicity, virulence, aggressiveness

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to solve problems
-ability to work independently
-science and research skills
-skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-Ability to assess the importance of harmful organism in agrocoenosis
-Knowledge of biological cycles of pathogens
-Knowledge of defense mechanism of plants against pathogens
-Knowledge of interrelationship between host plants, pathogens and environment
-Skills of orientation in system of pathogen

Type of course unit:required
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:Participation on seminars (min. 80%) Final test in seminars (10% of total mark)determination of pathogens (20% of total mark), oral exam 30minutes(70% of total mark).
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture28 h
     practice28 h
     consultation10 h
     preparation for exam45 h
     preparation for regular assessment29 h
Total140 h

Basic reading list
  • HRUDOVÁ, E. -- POKORNÝ, R. -- VÍCHOVÁ, J. Integrovaná ochrana rostlin. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova univerzita v Brně, 2006. 151 p. ISBN 978-80-7157-980-9.
  • KŮDELA, V. -- BRAUNOVÁ, M. et al. Česko-anglická rostlinolékařská terminologie = Czech-English plant health terminology. 1st ed. Praha: Academia, 2007. 874 p. ISBN 978-80-200-1550-1.
Recommended reading list
  • KŮDELA, V. -- KOCOUREK, F. et al. Seznam škodlivých organismů rostlin: viry, prokaryota, houby a houbám podobné organismy, živočišní škůdci, plevele a parazitické rostliny :. 1st ed. Praha: Agrospoj, 342 p. ISBN 80-7084-232-6.
  • Plant pathology. 5th ed. Burlington: Elsevier Academic Press, 2005. 922 p. ISBN 978-0-12-044565-3.
  • TRIGIANO, R N. Plant pathology: concepts and laboratory exercises. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press, 413 p. ISBN 0-8493-1037-7.