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    PP 144 Weeds & Diseases of Ornamentals 3.
    Requisite: Agricultural Institute Only.

    The objective of this course is to give students a fundamental and practical understanding of weed, disease, and pesticide management in the ornamental industries in North Carolina.Agricultural Institute students only.

    PP 150 Introduction to Plant Molecular Biology 3.

    Hands-on introduction to modern molecular biology techniques. Isolation of SNA from tobacco leaves, isolating a plant gene through polymerase chain reaction (PCR), cloning DNA fragments in plasmid vectors, bacterial transformation and plasmid DNA purification, restriction digestion and gel electrophoresis, gene transfer and expression of reporter genes in plant cell lines through a biolistic gene gun. Field trips, poster assignment and poster presentation are mandatory. This course is part of the Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences (SCIBLS) and other pre-college, transitional and early-college programs. Students must have no more than 30 credit hours. Deparment approval required.

    PP 154 Turf Weed and Disease Management 3.
    Requisite: Agricultural Institute Only.

    General principles in turfgrass weed and disease development and management programs. Different weeds, their life cycles, management techniques, and factors affecting herbicide application performance will be covered. Students will learn the causes, development, identification and management of turfgrass diseases. Laboratory includes weed identification and herbicide application methods. Certain laboratory exercises will require personal transportation to Lake Wheeler Road Turf Field Lab unless otherwise specified by the lab instructors. The course is restricted to AGI students only.

    PP 155 Diseases of Ornamentals and Turfgrasses 3.
    Requisite: Agricultural Institute Only.

    Causes, development, identification and management of diseases of greenhouses and landscape ornamentals and turfgrasses. WARFIELD.

    PP 222 Kingdom of Fungi 3.
    Prerequisite: Any 100-level course in Biology or 200-level course in Plant Biology.

    Influence and impact of fungi in our world. The role of fungi in history, ecology, medicine, human and plant diseases, industry, food and politics. Mushrooms, molds, mildews and symbiosis.

    PP 241 The Worm's Tale: Parasites In Our Midst 3.

    This is a 3 credit hour survey course on the impact of parasites on society, including development and exploration, wars and expansion, agriculture, health and medicine, economic impacts, political impacts, and attempts at control/management. From the fiery serpent to the scourge of malaria, parasitic organisms have played a significant, and sometimes pivotal role in the development and progress of human society. This course presents an overview that provides students the necessary information and resources to understand this ubiquitous and critically important group of organisms. Parasites represent a significant hurdle to overcome as global society continue to move forward.

    PP 315 Principles of Plant Pathology 4.

    Fundamental principles of plant pathology with emphasis on disease etiology, nature of pathogenesis, ecology of host/parasite interaction, epidemiology of plant diseases, current strategies and practices for integrated disease control.

    PP 318 Forest Pathology 3.
    Prerequisite: PB 200.

    Major diseases of forest trees and deterioration of wood products emphasizing principles of plant pathology; diagnosis; nature, physiology, ecology, and dissemination of disease-causing agents; mechanisms of pathogenesis; epidemiology and environmental influences; principles and practices of control.

    PP 470 Advanced Turfgrass Pest Management 2.
    Prerequisite: C- or better in CS 200.

    Characteristics and ecology of turfgrass weed, insect, and disease pests; identification and diagnosis of turfgrass pests, strategies for managing pests including cultural, mechanical, biological, and chemical methods; development of integrated pestmanagement programs, characteristics and modes of action for herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and plant growth regulators; behavior and fate of pesticides in soil; and the development and management of pesticide resistant pest populations.

    PP 492 External Learning Experience 1-6.
    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

    A learning experience in agriculture and life sciences within an academic framework that utilizes facilities and resources which are external to the campus. Contact and arrangements with prospective employers must be initiated by student and approved by a faculty adviser, the prospective employer, the departmental teaching coordinator and the academic dean prior to the experience.

    PP 493 Special Problems in Plant Pathology 1-6.
    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

    A learning experience in agriculture and life sciences within an academic framework that utilizes campus facilities and resources. Contact and arrangements with prospective employers must be initiated by student and approved by a faculty adviser, the prospective employer, the departmental teaching coordinator and the academic dean prior to the experience.

    PP 495 Special Topics in Plant Pathology 1-3.

    Offered as needed to present materials not normally available in regular course offerings or for offering of new courses on a trial basis.

    PP 501 Biology of Plant Pathogens 3.
    Prerequisite: PP 315, or PP 318, or an introductory course in microbiology.

    Biology of microbes that cause plant diseases. The ecology, genetics, physiology, taxonomy, and mechanisms of parasitism, pathogenicity and virulence of bacteria (and other prokaryotes), fungi (and oomycetes), nematodes, and viruses that cause plant diseases. Prepares graduate students for advanced courses in plant pathology, host-parasite interactions, and provides a knowledge base for students in other disciplines involved with plant pathogens or who seek to broaden their knowledge of microbes.

    PP 502 Plant Disease: Methods & Diagnosis 2.
    Prerequisite: PP 315.

    Introduction to the basic principles of disease causality in plants and the methodology for the study and diagnosis of plant diseases caused by fungi. Identification of plant-pathogenic fungi. Research project, disease profiles and field trips arerequired.

    PP 506 Epidemiology and Plant Disease Control 3.
    Prerequisite: PP 315 or PP 318.

    Consideration of fundamental concepts and principles of epidemiology as applied to modern strategies of plant disease control. Special consideration given to evaluation of current techniques for control of fungal, bacterial, viral and nematode pathogens in an integrated crop protection system.

    PP 530 Agriculture, Ethics and the Environment 3.

    Case studies in ethical theory and moral issues in agriculture and life sciences research including ethical theories, populations, food, ozone depletion, soil quality, sustainable and organic agriculture, plant biotechnology and biodiversity, animalrights and welfare, water quality, pesticides, risk assessment, biologically-based pest management, environmental policy and research ethics. Students are active participants and use role playing to present a forum.

    PP 540 Tropical Plant Pathology 2.

    Class introduces students to agriculture in the tropics and disease on tropical crops including cacao, banana, potato, root vegetables and coffee will be given. Trade issues relevant to US and Central American farmers are discussed. A week long trip Costa Rice in the summer and tours of coffee, banana, pineapple, tropical fruit, cacao and vegetable farms in the country is required. Learn about the diseases, social and political issues facing farmers in the developing world.

    PP 575 Introduction to Mycology 4.

    A survey of the fungal kingdom in context of phyla and classes. Systematics, ecology, biology and utilization. Illustrative material, cultural techniques in laboratories. Collection and paper required.

    PP 590 Special Topics 1-3.

    PP 601 Seminar 1.

    Discussion of assigned phytopathological topics.

    PP 610 Special Topics 1-6.

    PP 615 Advanced Special Topics in Plant Pathology 1-6.
    Prerequisite: PP 501, 502, Corequisite: ST 511.

    Offered as needed to present materials not normally available in regular course offerings or for offering of new courses on a trial basis.

    PP 620 Special Problems 1-6.

    Investigation of special problems in plant pathology not related to thesis problem. Investigations may consist of original research and/or literature survey.

    PP 685 Master's Supervised Teaching 1-3.
    Prerequisite: Master's student.

    Teaching experience under the mentorship of faculty who assist the student in planning for the teaching assignment, observe and provide feedback to the student during the teaching assignment and evaluate the student upon completion of the assignment.

    PP 690 Master's Examination 1-9.
    Prerequisite: Master's student.

    For students in non thesis master's programs who have completed all other requirements of the degree except preparing for and taking the final master's exam.

    PP 693 Master's Supervised Research 1-9.
    Prerequisite: Master's student.

    Instruction in research and research under the mentorship of a member of the Graduate Faculty.

    PP 695 Master's Thesis Research 1-9.
    Prerequisite: Master's student.

    Thesis research.

    PP 696 Summer Thesis Res 1.

    PP 699 Master's Thesis Preparation 1-9.
    Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

    Original research in plant pathology.

    PP 707 Plant Microbe Interactions 3.
    Prerequisite: PP 501.

    Fundamental concepts and current status of research on the physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology of host-pathogen interactions during plant disease. Topics include recognition, penetration and colonization, pathogenicity and virulence determinants, resistance mechanisms, sign transduction, programmed cell death, and other current topics. Information presented in context of virual-, bacterial-, fungal-and nematode-plan interactions.Credit cannot be received for both PP 507 and PP 707.

    PP 715 Applied Evolutionary Analysis of Population Genetic Data 3.

    This course will introduce nonparametric and model-based methods for making inferences on population processes (mutation, migration, drift, recombination, and selection). The goal is to provide a conceptual overview of these methods and hands-on training on how to implement and interpret the results. Sample data sets in computer laboratories will integrate summary statistic, cladistic, coalescent, and bayesian approaches to examine population processes in different pathosystems with specific emphasis on eukaryotic microbes, viruses and bacteria.

    PP 727 Ecology of Soil Ecosystems 3.
    Prerequisite: One course in: (SSC 332, SSC 511, SSC 521, or SSC 532), or ecology (BO 360 or CS 430), or microbiology (MB 351), or consent of instructor..

    An interdisciplinary course primarily focusing on the interactions between soil organisms and their environment, and the ecological consequences of these diverse complex interactions. A broad range of topics, including soil biodiversity, plant-microbial interactions, trophic interactions, energy flow and nutrient cycling, and microbial controls over plant and ecosystem responses to natural and anthropogenic perturbation (e.g, tillage or global change components) are addressed.

    PP 728 Soilborne Plant Pathogens 3.
    Prerequisite: PP 501, 502.

    In-depth study of ecology of soilborne fungal and bacterial pathogens inducing root and wilt diseases in plants. Concepts and principles including but not limited to the rhizosphere, inoculum potential, soil fungistasis, survival, root disease models and biological control.

    PP 730 Fungal Genetics and Physiology 3.
    Prerequisite: BCH 451, BO 775, GN 411 or PP 501.

    Basic concepts of genetics and physiology of fungi, with emphasis on saprophytic and plant pathogenic mycelial fungi. Current literature on evolution, cell structure, growth and development, gene expression, metabolism, sexual and asexual reproduction and incompatibility systems. Laboratory exercises on mutant isolation, sexual and parasexual analysis, genetic transformation, and RFLP and isozyme analysis.

    PP 755 Plant Disease Resistance: Mechanisms and Applications 3.
    P: Basic Undergraduate Level Genetics Class.

    This class deals with the major concepts in plant disease resistance: Its molecular and biochemical bases, its effectiveness and methods of deployment and conventional and transgenic breeding methods used to incorporate improved disease resistance into crop species.

    PP 790 Special Topics 1-6.

    PP 795 Advanced Special Topics 1.

    PP 801 Seminar In Plant Pathology 1.

    Discussion of assigned phytopathological topics.

    PP 810 Special Topics 1-6.

    PP 815 Advanced Special Topics 1-6.

    PP 820 Special Problems In Plant Pathology 1-6.

    Investigation of special problems in plant pathology not related to thesis problem. Investigations may consist of original research and/or literature survey.

    PP 885 Doctoral Supervised Teaching 1-3.
    Prerequisite: Doctoral student.

    Teaching experience under the mentorship of faculty who assist the student in planning for the teaching assignment, observe and provide feedback to the student during the teaching assignment, and evaluate the student upon completion of the assignment.

    PP 890 Doctoral Preliminary Examination 1-9.
    Prerequisite: Doctoral student.

    For students who are preparing for and taking written and/or oral preliminary exams.

    PP 893 Doctoral Supervised Research 1-9.
    Prerequisite: Doctoral student.

    Instruction in research and research under the mentorship of a member of the Graduate Faculty.

    PP 895 Doctoral Dissertation Research 1-9.
    Prerequisite: Doctoral student.

    Dissertation Research.

    PP 896 Summer Dissertation Research 1.
    Prerequisite: Doctoral student.

    For graduate students whose programs of work specify no formal course work during a summer session and who will be devoting full time to thesis research.

    PP 899 Doctoral Dissertation Preparation 1-9.
    Prerequisite: Doctoral student.

    For students who have completed all credit hour requirements, full-time enrollment, preliminary examination, and residency requirements for the doctoral degree and are writing and defending their dissertations.