EPWS 310 PLANT PATHOLOGY EXAM 1, Fall 2008
1. (12 pts) Define the following:
2. (12 pts) List 4 enzymes that pathogens used to cause disease and the modes of action of the enzymes and indicate for each whether they are used early, middle, or late in the infection process.
3. (6 pts) What is fungicide resistance? Give two ways that it can be avoided.
4. (8 pts) Using one of the 3 historical diseases discussed in class ( coffee rust, late blight, or southern corn leaf blight) discuss the disease in relation to the disease triangle. What were the important factors contributing to the epidemic? Give the specifics of each side of the triangle.
Would the disease be more common if the crop were grown in South Carolina or Maine?
(For 4 extra credit points, answer the entire question for another of the diseases listed.)
5. (10 pts) Does an compatible interaction end in disease? What combination of host resistance and pathogen virulence will result in a compatible interaction? Which combinations give a incompatible interaction. (Hint: Consider the gene for gene theory)
6. (6 pts) Explain the difference between nonhost specific toxins and host specific toxins. Give an example of each type of toxin and explain how it works to cause disease.
7. (8 pts) List four defense mechanisms, 2 structural and 2 biochemical that plants can use to prevent pathogen infection and explain how each works.
8. (8 pts) Diagram a disease cycle and explain which steps in the cycle would differ between fungi and bacteria.
9. (12 pts) The NMSU golf course manager has asked you to come look at his putting greens because he has noticed dead areas on them. He has heard about a new fungal disease of turf, rapid blight, caused by Labyrinthula terrestris. Confirmation of the disease the putting green will cause a huge problem, since fungicides donŐt adequately control the fungus. Alternatively, the turf may be infected with Fusarium (a common fungus) infection. When you go to the golf course for the first time what will you look for in diagnosing the problem? Since you need to be completely sure of your diagnosis, what steps will you need to go through to prove what is causing the problem?
10. (10 pts) Compare the use of plant resistance and cultural control for the next season if the turf has Fusarium infection or rapid blight. Answer the question again (comparing the use of plant resistance and cultural control) for a different field of corn infected with a virus.
11. (6 pts) What is vertical resistance? List an advantage and a problem with growing plants with only this type of resistance.