957327 Restistance breeding of crop plants

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Division of Plant Breeding
Offered in
Wintersemester 2017/18
Languages of instruction


- Concepts in disease resistance (definitions)

- Plant defence mechanisms (mechanisms of resistance, types of resistance, structural and biochemical defence mechanisms)

- Genetics of host parasite interaction (genetics of resistance, genetics of pathogenicity, gene-for-gene relationship, vertical and horizontal resistance)

- Sources of resistance and methods of testing for resistance (including assessing of the disease)

- Breeding for resistance to diseases and insects (specific examples for virus, bacterium, fungus, insects) including resistance breeding concepts

- Production of disease resistant plants by unconventional techniques (e.g. GMOs)

- Stability and vulnerability of resistance (durability)

- Examples for breeding for resistance against fungal diseases, insects, and viruses


Previous knowledge expected


Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

The students should be able to
- explain plant-pathogen interactions
- discuss resistance breeding concepts
- critically evaluate advantages/disadvantages of resistance breeding strategies
- obtain knowledge about resistance of selected crop plants against several to fungal diseases, viruses and insects
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.