About the Department


Plant Pathology
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The plant pathology department was originally established in the Faculty of Agriculture under Kalyani University during 1960. The existence of this Department is regarded in Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswa Vidyalaya since 1974.The Department offers Under Graduates as well as M. Sc. (Ag.) courses in Plant Pathology. A number of students in every year take admission through entrance test both in M.Sc(Ag.) and doctoral research program and submit thesis minimum after 4th and 6th semester respectively. Researches include viral  diseases of potato, sheath blight and stem rot of rice, race problems of maize leaf blight, leaf blight pathogen of wheat, diseases of betel vine, oil seed, vegetables and fruit crops, bio-control of plant diseases with fungal and bacterial antagonists and VA-Mycorrhiza in growth promotion of bamboos. A monograph on viruses of crops and weeds in Eastern India was published in collaboration with Rothamsted Experimental Station, U. K. The department imparts training on Mushroom technology. Students and the Teachers of this department have made their presence felt everywhere. The department of Plant Pathology has made itself involved with detection and diagnosis and management of Plant diseases with particular attention in the context of basic and applied researches on biological control of crop diseases and use of arbuscular mycorrhiza and PGPR for plant health management. The department has taken up initiation through RIDF Project for collection of agro-climate specific strains of bio-control agents, like Trichoderma, Gliocladium fluorescent Pseudomonads etc. The technology for e-pest surveillance and e-advisory services through mobile messaging was developed and transmitted to the agrarian community of the state through RKVY project. Mutant isolates with increased fungicidal tolerance and increased bio-control potential against Sclerotium rolfsii and Rhizoctonia solani have been initiated. Use of arbuscular mycorrhiza for plant growth promotion and health management and hardening of micro-propagated plantlets of sweat orange, banana has been standardized and protocol developed for on field application for abiotic and biotic stress management. The department is engaged in transfer of low cost technology of mushroom cultivation among entrepreneurs including training of unemployed youth on spawn production technology. A simple low cost technology for tropical mushroom spawn production for women has been standardized.

Vision of the Department


Positively impact our ability to “Feed the World”, “Protect our Environment”, and ”Improve our Plant Health” by excelling in the education and preparation of students in the fields of Plant Health and Disease, Pathogen biology, Plant-Microbe Interactions, Epidemiology, application of Nano technology in crop protection, Medicinal and aromatic plants, Botanical pesticides, Bio control technology, Mushroom cultivation and Integrated plant disease management etc.

Mission of the Department


Department Conducts leading edge research on plant diseases and plant-microbe interactions that directly and indirectly impact: Our ability to feed the world; Plant health and sustainability. Our objective is to educate and prepare expertise in the fields of plant health through a creative and challenging educational environment that integrates scholarship, fundamental knowledge, and experiential learning. Department Conveys information relevant to society through effective outreach and services that address plant diseases to the citizens of West Bengal state. An extension of this mission is to train the next generation of plant pathology professionals by providing them both the analytical and biological understanding to successfully protect the environment while promoting economic vitality.

Courses Offered and Intake Details



B. Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture

Present course codes Semester Title of the courses No. of credits
PPA 105  1st  Fundamentals of Plant Pathology I  1+1
PPA155  2nd  Fundamentals of Plant Pathology II  2+0
PPA 205  3rd  Diseases of Horticultural, Field crops, and their Management 1  1+1
PPA 256  4th  Diseases of Horticultural, Field crops, and their Management 1I  1+1
EC263  4th  Chemicals and Biopesticides in Plant Disease Management  2+1
AEPP-306  5th  Integrated Pest and Disease Management  2+1
EC 363  6th  Detection and Diagnosis of Plant Disease  2+1
   7th RAWA  20 (0+20)
ELP-451  8th  Production of Bio-agents and Botanical pesticides  10(0+10)
ELP-453  8th  Mushroom Cultivation   10(0+10)

B. Sc. (Hons.) Horticulture

Present course codes Semester Title of the courses No. of credits
PPA (H) 208  3rd  Fundamentals of Plant Pathology  2+1
PPA (H) 209  3rd  Diseases of Fruits, Plantation, Medicinal and Aromatic Crops  1+1
PPA (H) 306  5th  Diseases of Vegetables, Ornamental and Spice Crops  1+1


Master DegreeProgramme


Course No. Title of the course Credits
1st Semester
PL.PATH501  Mycology  2+1
PL.PATH502  PlantVirology  2+1
PL.PATH503  PlantBacteriology  2+1
PL.PATH504  PrinciplesofPlantPathology  2+0
PL.PATH505  Detection and Diagnosis ofPlantDiseases  0+2
PL.PATH506  Diseasesfor Horticultural Crops  2+1
2nd Semester
PL.PATH551  PrinciplesofPlantDiseaseManagement  2+1
PL.PATH552  DiseaseofField,Medicinal& OrnamentalCrops  2+1
PL.PATH601  Seed Health Technology 2+1
3rd Semester
PL.PATH602  Chemicalsin Plant DiseaseManagement  2+1
PL.PATH603  EcologyofSoilBorn PlantPathogens  2+1
PL.PATH604  DiseaseResistancein Plants  2+1
PL.PATH605  Insects VectorsofPlantVirus and otherPathogens  2+1
PL.PATH606  BiologicalControlofPlant Disease  2+1
PL.PATH607  Integrated DiseaseManagement  2+1
PL.PATH608  MushroomProductionTechnology  2+1
PL.PATH609  Epidemiologyand ForcastingofPlantDisease  2+1
PL.PATH609  Post Harvest Diseases  2+1
PL.PATH649  Seminar I  
4th Semester
PL.PATH655  PlantQuarantine  1+0
PL.PATH699  SeminarII  1+0
PL.PATH700  Master’s Research  0+20


Doctoral DegreeProgramme


Course No. Title of the course Credits
1st Semester
 Pl Path 701   Advanced Mycology  2+1
 Pl Path 702  Advanced Virology  2+1
 Pl Path 703  Advanced Bacteriology  2+1
 Pl Path 704  Molecular Basis of Host Pathogen Interaction  2+1
2nd Semester
Pl Path 751  Principles and Procedures of Certification 2+0
Pl Path 752  Plant Bio-security and Bio-safety 2+0
Pl Path 799  Seminar I (PPW) 1+0
3rd Semester
Pl Path 849  Seminar II  1+0
6th semester
Pl Path 999  Seminar III (Ph D Thesis work)  1+0
Pl Path 1000  Doctoral Research  0+45




  • Procured Automated Soil Moisture Measurement System (Profile Probe; Make: Delta-T Devices Inc., UK)
  • Soil Moisture Measurement Probe System developed in ‘C’ Block Farm, Kalyani
  • BOD Incubator cum Shaker Installed in Dept. lab.
  • Laminar airflow chamber
  • Temp. controlled shaker incubator
  • Table top centrifuge
  • Vortex
  • Balance
  • pH meter
  • Autoclave
  • Water Bath
  • Hot air oven



Sl.No. Room/Lab Instruments
1  Seminar cum lecture room in the Dept  
2  A smart PG seminar room having capacity of 75  
3  Molecular Lab.  
4  A well-equipped departmental library for the teachers and students  
5 A net house for conducting in vivo research by PG students  
6             PG Plant Bacteriology Lab with             a)BOD incubator-2
b)Shaker Cum BOD incubator- 1
c)Deep Freezer (-20O C)
e)Hot air oven- 1
f)Autoclave (Horizontal)-1
g)Laminar air flow cabinet-2
h)UV-Vis Spectrophotometer-1
i)Student microscope-1
7   One Advanced Plant Virology Lab with instruments like   a) Environmental (Plant Growth) Chamber (Imported)
b) ELISA reader (Imported)
c) Face contrast microscope (Imported)
d) PCR (Normal) (Imported)
e) PCR (Gradient type) (Imported)
f) Real time PCR (Imported)
g) Western blot protein transfers system (Imported)
h) Gel documentation system (Imported)
i) Ultra low fridge (-80OC) (Imported)
j) Freeze (-55 OC) (Imported)
k) Freeze (-25 OC) (Imported)
l) DNA vacuum concentrator (Imported)
m) Canopy analyser (Imported)
n) Chlorophyll meter (Imported)
o) DNA and Protein Electrophoresis systems
p) BOD incubator and table top incubator
q) Laminar air flow cabinet
r) Temp. controlled shaker incubator
s) Table top centrifuge
t) Vortex
u) Balance
v) pH meter
w) water bath
x) UV-VIS spectrophotometer
y) Hot air oven
z) Microscope
8 One two stored building for Biological Control lab having the instruments facilities like  a) Horizontal autoclave-1
 b) Carl Zeiss Trinocular phase contrast microscope-1 
 c) Carl Zeiss Trinocular stereo zoom microscope
 d) Microprocessor controlled plant growth chamber
 e) Refrigerated bench top centrifuge
 f) Laboratory furniture
 g) Gel Documentation System
9  UG laboratory with  a) Compound microscope – 45
b) Freeze- 2
c) Pan Balance- 1
d) 42 inch LED TV- 1.
10  PG lab with  a) Compound Microscope – 30
b) BOD- 3
c) Freeze -1
d) Hot air oven- 2
e) Autoclave- 2
f) Carl Zeiss binocular- 1
g) Carl Zeiss phase contrast microscope- 1
h) Haemocytometer- 25
i) Stage micrometre- 25
j) Ocular Micrometre- 25
k)Centrifuge -1
11  Inoculation chamber with laminar air flow cabinet  
12  Molecular Biology Lab. With   
a) Water bath
b) UV Trans Illuminator
c) Hot Plate
d) Spectrophotometer
e) Gel Documentation System
f) BOD
g) Hot air oven
h) Microscope
i) Refrigerator (-20 O C) 
j) Microtomy
k) PCR
l) Micro centrifuge
m) Weighing Balance- 2