EPWS 310 FINAL EXAM, FALL 2013
1. (2 pts each) Define the following terms:
systemic acquired resistance
2. (6 pts) Crop rotation is often used to manage plant diseases of annual crops. Give a disease example when crop rotation will work well and an example when it will not help control a disease of an annual crop.
3. (10 pts) Draw and label disease progress curves for polycyclic and monocyclic diseases. Name a disease that would show each type of curve.
4. (8 pts) Environmental factors influence disease caused by pathogens. Give examples of how temperature (a) high temperature and (b) low temperature influence disease, and how moisture (a) high moisture and (b) low moisture influence disease.
5. (12 pts) Using the disease pyramid, discuss the epidemiology of a specific (1) fungal disease, (2) bacterial disease, (3) viral disease, and (4) nematode disease.
6. (12 pts) Chose one of the following bacterial diseases (angular leaf spot of cotton or Erwinia caratovora on potato) and answer the questions below about its disease cycle. For 6 extra credit points, answer both questions.
a) What are the symptoms of the disease?
b) How does the pathogen enter the plant?
c) How is the pathogen disseminated?
d) Where does the pathogen overwinter?
e) How can the pathogen be controlled?
f) What is the genus of the pathogen?
7. (5 pts) a) Sedentary endoparasitic nematodes can cause severe problems on a wide range of hosts such as tomatoes and soybeans. How do they interact with the plant? What sorts of symptoms do they cause?
8. (6 pts) Choosing either powdery mildew on chile or Verticillium wilt of cotton, explain which factors you would chose in designing a predictive model of disease for New Mexico and why. For 3 pts extra credit answer for both diseases.
9. (12 pts) Compare the dissemination and overwintering survival of (1) Phytophthora ramorum which causes sudden oak death, (2) Penicillium causing post harvest disease, (3) crown gall bacteria, (4) corn smut fungus, (5) beet curly top virus, and (6) leafy mistletoe.
10 (10 pts) Due to your experience in this class, you have been called to look at Persea indica saplings at a local nursery. These small evergreen trees, related to avocado and bay laurel trees, are popular for landscapes in warmer locations. The manager tells you that they recently got a large shipment of the trees in with wilt, leaf necrosis, and brown discoloration of sapwood. Some of the plants are somewhat defoliated. The roots appeared to be ok and the plants were well watered. You notice some feeding damage to the lower trunk of a few of the trees and find a few beetles. Describe the steps you will take to diagnose the problem. What type of pathogen would most likely cause the disease? What control measures would you suggest?
11. (5 pts) Phytophthoa ramorum,which causes sudden oak death, is one of the most important disease problems in currently in plant pathology. You are writing a grant for funds to develop resistance (transgenic or conventional) to the disease in coastal redwoods, which are completely susceptible to the fungus. What component or pathway will you try to improve? What types of genes will you modify or add to the plant?