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To study the causal organism, symptomatology, etiology and epidemiology of the important diseases of field and horticulture crops for devising efficient management strategies against them.
Skill Development: This course will help the students in accurate identification of the diseases under farmer field conditions and suggesting efficient and cost effective management strategies against them.
Employment and Entrepreneurship: The course will help students for joining the plant protection related agribusiness firms and multinational companies. The successful completion of the course will also instill confidence in the students for setting up agri-clinics, farmer oriented service centers and other agri-enterprises.
Symptoms, etiology, disease cycle and management of major diseases of following crops:
Field Crops: Rice: blast, brown spot, bacterial blight, sheath blight, false smut, khaira and tungro;Maize: stalk rots, downy mildew, leaf spots; Sorghum: smuts, grain mold and anthracnose, Bajra :downy mildew and ergot; Groundnut: early and late leaf spots, wilt
Soybean: Rhizoctonia blight, bacterial spot, seed and seedling rot and mosaic; Pigeonpea: Phytophthora blight, wilt and sterility mosaic;Finger millet: Blast and leaf spot; black & green gram: Cercospora leaf spot and anthracnose, web blight and yellow mosaic; Castor: Phytophthora blight;Tobacco: black shank, black root rot and mosaic. Horticultural Crops: Guava: wilt and anthracnose;Banana: Panama wilt, bacterial wilt, Sigatoka and bunchy top;Papaya: foot rot, leaf curl and mosaic,Pomegranate: bacterial blight;Cruciferous vegetables: Alternaria leaf spot and black rot;Brinjal: Phomopsis blight and fruit rot and Sclerotinia blight;Tomato: damping off, wilt, early and late blight, buck eye rot and leaf curl and mosaic; Okra:Yellow Vein Mosaic; Beans: anthracnose and bacterial blight; Ginger: soft rot; Colocasia: Phytophthora blight; Coconut: wilt and bud rot;Tea: blister blight;Coffee: rust
Identification and histopathological studies of selected diseases of field and horticultural crops covered in theory. Field visit for the diagnosis of field problems. Collection and preservation of plant diseased specimens for Herbarium.
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