Plant Protection
  • Plant Protection Department has been established in 11/5/2008 and plays a major role in terms of educational and research programs.  The first acceptance of undergraduate students was in 2008-2009.
  • The department consists of two main branches (Entomology and Plant Pathology). The main research areas in the department are basic entomology and plant pathology; conservation and utilization of beneficial bio-resources; plant and pathogen/insect interactions; biotechnology for disease and insect pest resistance; integrated pest management; and plant quarantine.
  • The department has qualified staff implement the various activities of the department. A number of experts, including lectures, teaching assistants, researchers and technicians support the various academic and applied research programs of the department that are able to deliver quality training and research in all areas of its mandate.
  • The department is currently located in a building with three floors. each floor consists of spacious classroom and laboratories with high standard teaching and research facilities, such as four modern multi-media classrooms, Materials and equipment for  microscopy, molecular biology, chemical analysis, pesticide residue detection, and insect behavioral observations.
  • Vision:

    Towards a better Agricultural Environment, Plant Protection Department achieves excellence programs that preserve and protect agricultural resources and the environment; promote profitable agriculture and consumer confidence; and enhance the quality of life.

    Mission:

    • Preparing scientifically skilled staff that are specialized in related research fields through conducting research activities and increasing community awareness.
    • Protecting plants and food from pests (Arthropods and Pathogens) in the Field and Post harvesting.
    • Protecting the environment from chemicals that are used in pest and disease control.
    • Utilizing of Beneficial organisms to maintain and improve the crop production.

    Objectives:

    • Graduating students and qualified candidates with bachelor, master and doctoral degree in plant protection.
    • Providing students transferable and analytical skills suitable for a range of graduate careers.
    • Design and execute research programs aimed at solving crop and environmental protection problems.
    • Collaborate with various institutions, companies and other government agencies to offer consulting services and training courses in all matters related to crop and environmental protection.
    • Collect, analyses, interpret and present data in crop and environmental protection experiments.
    • Acquire competence in pesticide safe handling, usage, disposal and monitoring their fate in the environment.
    • Manage crop and environmental protection issues including integrated pest and disease management and other environmentally safe procedures.
    The Education Program:

    The Plant protection department implements its goals and objectives through well balanced integration between education, research, and outreach activities. In order to facilitate achieving the mission of the department, Plant Protection activities may be divided into several areas of interest.

    • Diagnosis Techniques of Plant Diseases
    • Insect Taxonomy
    • Insect Physiology 
    • Insect Morphology
    • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
    • Medical and Veterinary Entomology
    • Mycology
    • Nematology
    • Non insect animal pests
    • Orchards, Field crops and Forest Entomology
    • Orchards, Field crops and Forest Pathology
    • Pesticides
    • Plant Bacterial Diseases
    • Plant virology
    • Store Product insects

    Postgraduate Studying 
    All postgraduate students in the department will normally attend and pass a number of inter-disciplinary postgraduate courses. In addition, they will attend and pass examinations in prescribed courses relevant to their field of specialization.

    Duration:

    - M. Sc.

    • Studying system: courses plus thesis (research) for two years.
    • Students are required to successfully complete credit hour courses with thesis.

    - Ph.D.  

    • Studying system: courses plus dissertation (research) for three years.
    • Students are required to successfully complete credit hour courses with Dissertation.

    Major topics of the research work are:

    • Influence of environmental factors on the population dynamics of harmful organisms.
    • Geographic distribution of different harmful organisms.
    • Application of different detection and identification methods for fungi, viruses, bacteria, nematodes and Insect (PCR , microscopic image analysis , transmission electron microscopy, immunofluorescence assay, Biology system).
    • Influence of harmful organisms on their hosts
    • Biological and Chemical  methods of pest control

    Careers for Graduates:
    The Plant Protection Department offers diverse areas of studies to prepare them for careers in public and private sectors. Careers include:

    • Ministry of Agriculture / Plant Protection sector.
    • Agricultural quarantines.
    • Seeds store stations (Silo).
    • High school education.
    • Research Institutes.
    • Private sector (Agricultural companies).


    Strategies for Development:

    A coherent and high quality curriculum has been developed to fulfill the intended purposes of student progression and achievement which lead directly to employment or prepare for graduate studies. The department also has greatly improved its teaching and learning facilities which boost the quality of education delivered to the students.