Plant Protection

MSc in Plant Protection

Objectives of the Program

  • The program will be fully involved in training, research, and, partly in consultancy and extension activities of Plant Protection. The ultimate goal of the program is, therefore, to increase production and productivity of crops in the region in particular and in the country in general, and thereby to improve the livelihood of its people through producing enough number and high quality Plant Protection personnel who can play a key role in generation, dissemination and adoption of improved technologies.
  • The specific objectives of the program of post-graduate studies in Plant Protection are:-
  • Produce Plant Protection professionals who can generate, demonstrate and disseminate technologies in crop improvement, production and protection;
  • Create intellectuals who can play vital role in ensuring environmental sustainability, through application of appropriate plant protection technologies and conservation of bio-agents and other beneficial organisms.
  • Deliver nationally and internationally recognized graduate program and save higher foreign exchange that would be allotted to training programs out of the country;
  • Produce qualified and skilled Plant Protection professionals who can take part in increasing productivity of Ethiopian agriculture in general and Amhara Region in particular and enhance its competitiveness on both domestic and international markets;
  • Provide appropriate knowledge through integrating training-research-extension, so as increase efficiency and competitiveness of the graduates as Plant Protection professional.

Staff Profile

No

Name

Academic Rank

Educational Level

Specialization

1

Merkuz Abera

Assistant Professor

PhD (Haramaya)

Plant Pathology

2

Melkamu Ayalew

Lecturer

MSc (Jordan)*

Plant Pathology

3

Adane Tesfaye

Lecturer

MSc (India)*

Entomology

4

Agumas Belie

Lecturer

MSc (India)

Agronomy

5

Getachew Alemayehu

Assistant Professor

PhD (Germany)

Agronomy/Physiology

6

Tsige Genet

Assistant Professor

PhD (South Africa)

Plant Breeding

7

Tadesse Dessalegn

Assistant Professor

PhD (South Africa)

Plant Breeding

8

Melkamu Alemayehu

Assistant Professor

PhD (Germany)

Horticulture/Plant Pathology

9

Kiflemariam Yehuala

Lecturer

MSc (Haramaya)

Horticulture

10

Elsabeth Bizuayehu

Lecturer

MSc (AAU)

Applied Biology

11

Demeke Mewa

Lecturer

MSc (AAU)

Applied Genetics

12

** Melaku Wale

Assistant Professor

PhD (Kenya)

Entomology

* Currently PhD Candidate at Haramaya University

**Associate staff at different College of Bahir Dar University

Graduate Profile

The graduates of this program will be qualified agricultural professionals who are well equipped with scientific knowledge and practical skills that would enable them to:-

  • Identify, analyze and develop holistic solutions to problems related to Plant Protection
  • Generate, demonstrate and promote valuable technologies related to Plant Protection
  • Consult farmers, extension experts, investors and policy makers in formulating appropriate Plant Protection packages and agricultural policies, respectively.
  • Create, design, implement and manage their own       agricultural enterprises as well as advice farmers and other entrepreneurs
  • Play leading role in Integrating multidisciplinary knowledge and skill in the process of enhancing agricultural productivity and ensuring national food security
  • Be engaged in teaching and training activities at various levels in the field of Plant Protection
  • Be competent candidates in further national and international training opportunities

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be graduates in Crop Sciences, Plant Sciences, Horticulture, General Agriculture, Biology, Ecology, and related fields with CGPA of 2.00 and above, passing entrance examination, and meet other admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) of Bahir Dar University.

Graduation Requirements

The program of the study leading to the M.Sc. Degree in Plant Protection requires 29 credit hours mandatory and 4 credit hours elective course and a 6 credit hour Master’s Thesis Research, with the total of at least 39 credit hours. The student must score a minimum of 3.00 cumulative G.P.A., with no “D” and “F” and successfully defended thesis.

Duration of the Study

The MSc study program in Plant Protection is a two year program. In the first year (2 semesters) of the program courses are taught, while in second year of the program mainly the research project is carried out in a specific area of specialization.

Assessment and Evaluation

The progress of graduate students is assessed regularly and informally by the respective course owners in particular and by the Department of Plant Sciences and College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences in general. Informal assessment focuses on both completions of course work and the development of professional skills in research, writing, leadership and service provision. The formal ways of assessment includes the followings:

  • For coursework: Assignments, Mid semester examination, Final semester examination, Seminars and presentations
  • For Practical courses: Laboratory/Field reports, Practical examination, Written examination
  • For Thesis/Seminars/current topics/Report presentation: Paper organization, Quality of paper presented, Way of presentation, Defending material presented

The final performance of the course will be evaluated using A (4.0), B+ (3.5), B (3.0), C+ (2.5), C (2.0), D (1) and F (0) grading system.

Degree Nomenclature

Upon successful completion of the program, the degree is labeled in English and Amharic as follows: in English: MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN PLANT PROTECTION and in Amharic: ===============

List of Courses

No

Course No.

Course Title

Credit Hours

Required Courses

1

PLPP 611

Agricultural Mycology

3 (2+3)

2

PLPP 601

Post harvest pest management

2 (1+3)

3

PLPP 621

Insect Morphology and Taxonomy

3 (2+3)

4

PLPP 623

Insect Physiology and Ecology

3 (2+3)

5

PLPP 631

Biostatistics

3

6

PLPP 613

Agricultural Nematology

2 (1+3)

7

PLPP 602

Advanced Integrated Pest Management

3

8

PLPP 604

Agricultural Pesticides

3 (2+3)

9

PLPP 642

Weed Biology, Ecology & Management

3 (2+3)

10

PLPP 612

Plant Bacteriology and Virology

3 (2+3)

11

PLPP 632

Graduate Seminar in Plant Protection

1

12

PLPP 732

MSc. Thesis research

6

 

Total

 

35

Elective courses

1

PLPP 615

Plant Disease Epidemiology (E)

2

2

PLPP 603

Economic Pests of Ethiopia (E)

2 (1+3)

3

PLPP 606

Bio-technology in Plant protection (E)

2 (1+3)

4

PLPP 608

Plant Pest Interactions (E)

2

 

Total

 

8

*** Students are expected to register at least one elective course per semester

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