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Citrus Pathology PLP 5115C


Course Description

Citrus Pathology is comprehensive course covering the major citrus diseases. The course introduces students to the symptoms, vectors, disease cycles, and control measures for major citrus diseases with an emphasis on diagnosis using biological, chemical, a nd biochemical techniques. The course will also focus on the understanding of disease pathogenicity and control strategies. It is taught by a team of citrus plant pathologists and nematologists from the Citrus Research and Education Center, Lake Alfred. The lectures will be presented at Lake Alfred , but are broadcast live via Polycom to the Dept. of Plant Pathology at Gainesville , and other research centers as needed. Students will participate in lectures, field visits, and presentations. One term researc h paper on a disease of citrus (student choice) will be required for course completion.

Course Prerequisites: There is no recommended text however students will need to have access to the Compendium of Citrus Diseases and other citrus disease texts. These texts are available at CREC in the media center and in the Dept. of Plant Pathology Teaching Laboratory.

Learning Objectives: Citrus is a major crop in the state of Florida. Citrus diseases are an economically important aspect of citrus production. Since 1986 , many exotic citr us pathogens and their vectors have been introduced into Florida , and most have become es tablished. The overall goal of this course is for students to gain knowledge about both the endemic as well as exotic citrus diseases and current methods b eing used to detect, diagnose and manage these diseases. By the end of this course, student should be able to: 

- Recognize the symptoms, the causal agents , and the vector of numerous endemic citrus disease s . 
- Understand the epidemiology of citrus diseases 
- Become familiar with the c urrent management practices

MEETING TIMES: Mondays at 1pm to 4pm 
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Nabil Killiny 
OFFICE: Building 7103, Room 5, Citrus Research and Education Center
OFFICE HOURS: Drop - in office hours Mondays 9:00 - 10 :30, or by appointment , or email anytime. 
PHONE: 863.956.8833