Introduction to fungi, Fungal biodiversity, Plant-fungal interactions: Arbuscularmycorrhizal fungi(AMs), Fungi as ectomycorrhizalsymbionts, Fungi as endophytes, Fungal interaction with lower plants, Fungal-Algal association, diversity of lichens, Significance of lichens and pollution indicators, Effectors in plant–fungal interactions, Role of fungi in Biotechnology of renewable natural resources, Industrial and biotechnology applications of fungi
a) Introduction to fungi, Fungal biodiversity
b) Fungi associated to forest trees, How oomycete and fungal effectors enter plant and animal cells and promote susceptibility
c) Fungal pathogenicity factors: Rust and Smut diseaeses of cereal crops
d) Plant-fungal interactions: Arbuscularmycorrhizal (AMs), Arbuscularmycorrhizal fungi and their endobacteria, Fungi as ectomycorrhizalsymbionts
e) Fungi as endophytes
f) Fungal interaction with lower plants, Fungal-Algal association, diversity of lichens, Significance of lichens and pollution indicators
g) Effectors in plant–fungal interactions, Morphological diversification of mushroom-forming fungi
h) Role of fungi in Biotechnology of renewable natural resources, Industrial and biotechnology applications of fungi
1. Study of biodiversity of mushroom forming fungi
2. Observation of fertile structure (lamellae) of basidiocarp under compound microscope
3. Study of Ectomycorrhizal roots of Pines showing different shapes and colour under stereomicroscope.
4. Study of Arbuscularmycorrhizae in the stem of corn.
5. Observation of infected leaf with rust and sori study under compound microscope.
6. Field trip for collection of infected leaves.
7. Biodiversity of Lichens
The course is organized to provide an adequate knowledge about plant fungal interactions.
Students are expected to have an understanding of the course outline. They are expected to use this information for further advanced courses in Mycology and Ectomycorrhizal technology
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Book Title : Introductory Mycology
Author : Alexopoulos, C. J., Mims, C. W. and Blackwell, M
Edition : Latest
Publisher : John Wiley and Sons, INC. New York.
Book Title : Colour Atlas of Ectomycorrhizae
Author : Agerer, R
Edition : Latest
Publisher : Department of Biology, Biodiversity Research, University of Munchen, Germany