Course Description

This course explores the strategies that plants have evolved to defend themselves against microbes and parasitic plants. The course consists of two sections; 1. Plant-pathogenic microbe interactions and 2. Plant-plant parasite interactions. The first section focuses on an in-depth discussion about on-going research of plant immunity against pathogenic microbes. The second section introduces plant-parasitic plant relationships with an emphasis on signaling pathways that underlie these interactions and discusses how basic knowledge of the lifestyle of parasitic plants could contribute to agricultural solutions in the developing world.

For presentation training, a group oral presentation (2-4 students) will be included.


BCH311H1 / CSB349H1 / MGY311Y1

Recommended Preparation



Prof. K. Yoshioka (Team Leader)
Prof. S. Lumba

Contact Hours


Required Text(s)/Readings

None. Readings will be from scientific literature.

Evaluation (Subject to change)

First term Term Test: 30%
Second term Term Test: 30%
Group Presentation: 30% (15% oral presentation, 5% written summary)
Participation and Discussion: 10%

Last updated on May 22nd, 2020