953331 Soil-borne pathogenes and symbionts

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Hage-Ahmed, Karin , Kuppelwieser, Kelina , Laure, Nicole
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


Soil organisms (pathogens and symbionts) and their interactions with plants will be presented. A speciel focus will be on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, fungal endophytes and soil-borne pathogens such as Fusarium and Gaeumonnomyces. Knowledge of the methodologies will be elaborated with teaching videos, coaching units and group work settings.


Previous knowledge expected

The course builds on the basic knowledge of crop protection from the bachelor's programme.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After successfully completing the course, students will be able to:
• Describe the key aspects of the biology and interactions of symbiotic arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) with host or cultivated plants, including nutrient exchange and impact on plant health.
• Analyze the different infection and survival strategies employed by soil-borne pathogens, with a focus on specific pathogens and their respective strategies.
• Analyze methods for determining AMF colonization and activity, based on a critical evaluation of scientific evidence and research.
• Conduct a comprehensive scientific pot experiment, covering all essential components such as planning, installation, implementation, evaluation, data interpretation, and reporting.
• Assess the significance of AMF for crop plants from both a plant cultivation and phytopathological perspective.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.