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Plant Pathology Career

Plant pathology (also phytopathology) is the scientific study of plant diseases caused by pathogens (infectious diseases) and environmental conditions (physiological factors). Organisms that cause infectious disease include fungi, oomycetes, bacteria, viruses, viroids, virus-like organisms, phytoplasmas, protozoa, nematodes and parasitic plants. Phytopathology (plant pathology) is the scientific study of plant diseases caused by pathogens (infectious diseases) and environmental conditons (non-infectiousness). Organisms that cause infectious disease include fungi, oomycetes, bacteria, viruses, viroids, virus-like organisms, phytoplasmas, protozoa, nematodes and parasitic plants. Not included are insects, mites, vertebrate or other pests that affect plant health. Phytopathology also involves the study of the identification, etiology, disease cycle, economic impact, epidemiology, pathosystem genetics and management of plant diseases.

Eligibility For Plant Pathology Career

Plant Protection subjects one can do first Bachelor’s in agriculture or in biological sciences, for that a candidate should hold Intermediate/Plus two certificate (with good second class marks) in biological science or agriculture. Through entrance exams the candidate can take admission in various agriculture as well as non-agriculture universities. There are Two separate entrance examination through which entry is possible-One All India ICAR Entrance and another Sate wise agriculture universities (pre agriculture tests) test for which domicile of the respective state is mandatory.

There are 34 state agriculture universities, 3 deemed agriculture universities and 3 central universities, which offered the UG in agricultureand PG degrees in plant protection or in related subjects (Table 1). Universities provide the four years UG Honors degree in agriculture and two years PG degrees Plant Protection/ Plant Pathology/ Entomology/ Nematology and Weed sciences subjects with dissertation. Only those candidates having passed their Bachelor’s degree or appearing in the Final Examination in the biological sciences or in agriculture, under 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 are eligible to apply for admission in the Master courses of Pant Protection and its sub-branches.