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PL PATH 601  ADVANCED MYCOLOGY                                                                                 (2L+1P) II

Objective
To provide deep insight of fungal systematic, fungal structures and their role in identification. Recent developments in fungal classification including chemo and molecular taxonomy. Genetics and variability among fungi and their economic and industrial importance.

Theory

UNIT I
General introduction, historical development and advances in mycology.

UNIT II
Recent taxonomic criteria, morphological criteria for classification. Serological, Chemical (chemotaxonomy), Molecular and Numerical (Computer based assessment) taxonomy.

UNIT III
Interaction between groups: Phylogeny. Micro conidiation, conidiogenesis and sporulating structures of fungi imperfecti. Morphology and reproduction of representative plant pathogenic genera from different groups of fungi. Sexual reproduction in different groups of fungi.

UNIT IV
Population biology, pathogenic variability/vegetative compatibility.

UNIT V
Heterokaryosis and parasexual cycle. Sex hormones in fungi. Pleomorphism and speciation in fungi. Mechanism of nuclear inheritance. Mechanism of extra-nuclear inheritance. Biodegradation.

Practicals
Study of conidiogenesis- phialides, porospores, arthospores. Study of fruit bodies in Ascomycotina. Identification of  fungi up to species level. Study of  hyphal anastomosis. Morphology of representative plant pathogenic genera from different groups of fungi.

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