Activity scope of the Department of Plant Protection is to protect and purify plants from diseases, weeds and pests. Undergraduate and graduate programs offered by the Department aim to educate and train desirable technical personnel and experts. In the research program of the subdivision Entomology, insects, mites and nematodes which are harmful to plants are studied in many aspects. In the subdivision of Phytopathology, researches focus on the subjects of identification and biology of plant related fungi, viruses, bacteria and weeds, development of control strategies against these agents and resolving the necessities in the application methods. There are 15 faculty members and four research assistants in the department.
The Department of Plant Protection of Faculty of Agriculture at Adnan Menderes University was founded in 1992.The education began in 1993 and the first alumni was given in 1998. The department has two subdivisions such as Entomology and Phytopathology.
The aim of the education program of the department is to produce agricultural engineers, who possess highly developed skills within contemporary knowledge to deal with the problems related to Plant Protection in Agricultural production, ability to access any scientific information in the discipline and to make advance synthesis, have responsive personality to the environment and human health, awareness of professional ethics and responsibility and ability to do leadership in the discipline. The department also offers Research and Development activities in the area of Plant Protection and aims at developing new technologies and methods for diagnosis and management of plant pests, weeds and diseases, implementing them in an innovative perspective and provide positive contribution to local, regional, national and global crop production processes and to the literature as well.
To be a department that offers a modern and high quality education program in the field of plant protection and is able to make guidelines for the national agricultural sectors, produces graduates who are highly preferred by private and state sectors and are leader in their own discipline, is capable of generating projects by using contemporary information and technology to find solutions to the problems regarding as plant protection, is able to lead the environmentally friendly plant protection practices, has accademic affairs with the national and international scientific community
The deparment aims at training the students to prepare and conduct research projects in order to find solutions for the plant protection problems in plant production. Students also gain ability to evaluate research outcomes. Students who complete all the requirement for the graduation successfully, earn Master of Science degree in the field of Plant Protection. Candidates who successfully complete all the courseworks and thesis works earn PhD degree in the Department of Plant Protection.
In the Phytopathology subdivision, there are 5 laboratories including general phytopathology, mycology, bacteriology, virology, and herbology, 4 greenhouses, two screenhouses, and 5 plant growth chambers. Entomology subdivision has three laboratories including general entomology, acarology, and toxicology and 5 growth chambers. In addition there are two student microscopy laboratory to be used in practice courses.
In the Entomology subdivision, there are microscopes to make identification on insect, mites and nematodes, image analysing system, plant extraction equipment, gas chromatography to be used in pesticide residue analysis in/on agricultural products. In the subdivision of phytopathology, there are microskopes to be used in fungus identification, patojen culture equipments such as laminar flows, autoclaves, owens, and incubators, molecular diagnosis equipments such as real time PCR , PCR and gel imaging systems.
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