DESCRIPTION OF COURSES
SST 510 / PATH 510 SEED HEALTH TECHNOLOGY (3L+2P) I
To acquaint the students with principles and practices of seed health testing and management of seed borne diseases.
History and economic importance of the seed pathology in seed industry, plant quarantine and SPS under WTO. Morphology and anatomy of typical nonocotyledonous and dicotyledonous infected seeds.
Recent advances in the establishment and subsequent cause of disease development in seed and seedling. Localization and mechanism of seed transmission in relation to seed infection, seed to plant transmission of pathogen.
Seed certification and tolerance limits, types of losses caused by seed borne diseases in true and vegetatively propagated seeds, evolutionary adaptations of crop plants to defend seed invasion by seed borne pathogens. Epidemiological factors influencing the transmission of seed borne diseases, forecasting of epidemics through seed borne infection.
Production of toxic metabolites affecting seed quality and its impact on human, animal and plant health, management of seed borne pathogen / diseases and procedure for healthy seed production, seed heath testing, methods for detecting micro-organism.
Conventional and advance technique in the detection and identification of seed –borne fungi, bacteria and viruses. Relationship between seed borne infection and expression of the disease in the field.