DIGITAL PLANT HEALTH CLINIC: MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS OF PLANT PATHOGENS

2 students

Objectives

  1. To introduce students to theory and practice of development with respect to various molecular methods of detection and diagnosis of plant diseases for production of disease free planting material of Horticulturalcrops.
  2. To explore critically the issue of access and management of molecular methods of detection and diagnosis of plantdiseases,
  3. To build capacities of students with respect to molecular detection and diagnosis of plant pathogens.
  4. Drone application in pesticidespraying.
Brief Contents

This course highlights molecular detection and diagnosis of Plant Pathogens perspectives for climate smart precision agriculture. This course will enable students to undertake research on Molecular methods of detection and diagnosis of Plant Pathogens. The course provides practical knowledge of popular tools and strategies such as ELISA, PCR, RPA, biosensors and Point of Care diagnostics and precise application of pesticide by drone to thestudents

Part-1

Many species of fungi can cause disease in plants. Accurate detection and quantification of fungi is essential for diagnosis, modeling and surveillance. Detection of fungi enables a understanding of natural microorganisms. In recent past good amplification platforms, probe development and various quantitative PCR technologies have revolutionized research on Plant Pathogen detection and identification. Early detection of plant disease and precise application of pesticide are the major constrains as far as farmers areconcern.

Part-2

Introduction: Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and DNA-based technologies like polymerase chain reaction have been the basis for molecular detection in modern plant pathology. Genomics and biosystematics research are generating fast-growing databases that can be used to design molecular assays for simultaneous detection of a large number of pathogens. The medical research field is creating novel platforms with improved capabilities for multiplexing, high throughput and portability, which will provide new opportunities for plant pathology. As new molecular testing devices gain wide acceptance in medical diagnostics, tools for routine monitoring of pathogens and beneficial organisms should become more commonly used in plant pathology if we successfully manage to adapt these technologies to a wide range of microorganisms. Students can use this techniques in there research programmes.

Part-3

Agricultural extension has been undergoing major changes. Changing policies, declining public funding, new thinking and approaches, climate change and other environmental factors pose major challenges to public sector extension services. Pre-packaged, crop and region- biased extension approaches often failed to help remote and resource poor farmers to cope with rapidly changing realities. This has necessitated the search for alternative approaches. One such alternative, plant health clinics operated by local students of the University in locations that are easily accessible to farmers. Plant health clinics accept any crop problem. They provide regular, relevant and practical advisory services on plant health management. Clinic records generate useful information on priority problems and changing status of pests and diseases.

Outcomes

By the end of the course students will:

  1. Have a critical understanding of molecular methods of detection and diagnosis of plant pathogens to adopt of Climate smart precisionfarming
  2. Students will develop skills to run Plant Heath Cliniccommercially.
  3. Digitalization of Plantclinic
  4. Drone application in precise pesticidespraying.
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Instructor

Master in Agriculture sciences having India and abroad working experince in Horticulture industry.

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