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Charles Opperman† 1400 Partners II (Cent.)† 515-6699†
Peter Balint-Kurti† 3418 Gardner Hall† 515-3516† Peter.Balint-Kurti@ARS.USDA.GOV
Christina Cowger† 3409 Gardner Hall† 513-7388† Christina.Cowger@ARS.USDA.GOV
David Marshall† 1419 Gardner Hall† 515-6819† David.Marshall@ARS.USDA.GOV
Teaching Assistant:† To be determined†

Office Hours:
Office hours will be determined by each instructor and given to the students at the beginning of each section. We will be available during this time to answer questions pertaining to the lectures and exams. We will also be available at other times by appointment.

No textbook is required for this course. The course is designed to build on information provided in the lectures with additional readings of the scientific literature.

A comprehensive examination of plant disease resistance and breeding. Topics to be covered include pathogen variability, qualitative and quantitative resistance, sources and inheritance of resistance, production of resistant cultivars, R-genes and resistance mechanisms, pathogen responses to resistance, genetics and genomics of resistance, and transgenic approaches. Topics presented with relevance to bacterial, fungal, nematode, and viral pathogens, abiotic stress, and other biotic stress.

Student Learning Objectives:
Successful completion of this course will allow students to describe the genetic and biochemical mechanisms underlying plant disease resistance, describe the incorporation and utilization of plant disease resistance genes, describe mechanisms of parasitism, pathogenesis and virulence of plant pathogens, describe the ongoing Ďarms raceí between plant and pathogen, and develop the knowledge for taking advanced courses in plant pathology and related disciplines.

Attendance Policy:
Attendance will not be taken each class period. Students are responsible for learning the materials provided in the lectures and reading assignments. If class is missed, it is the studentís responsibility to obtain notes and handouts on their own. Students will only be permitted to make up a missed exam if arrangements have been made in advance of the exam or with a note from their doctor. See the University policy on attendance: Attendance Regulation (REG02.20.3):

Academic Integrity:
All students are required to adhere to the North Carolina State University Code of Student Conduct Policy (POL11.35.1):

Statement for students with disabilities:
"Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with Disability Services for Students at 1900 Student Health Center, Campus Box 7509, 515-7653. For more information on NC State's policy on working with students with disabilities, please see the Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Regulation (REG02.20.1):

Grading Policy:
The final grade in this course will be computed based on the following percentages:

(Balint-Kurti} Homework Assignment: 10%
(Balint-Kurti} Exam: 15%
(Opperman) Exam: 25%
(Cowger) Homework Assignment: 10%
(Cowger) Exam: 15%
(Marshall) Exam: 25%
TOTAL: 100%

Last day to withdraw or drop a course without a grade at the 500-900 level or to change from credit to audit at the 500-900 level is March 8.