Distance Learning Course: Plant Pathology and Entomology


Online Course Plant Pathology and Entomology

Are you looking for more theoretical background on plant pathology and entomology? This online course includes modules on phytopathology, nematology, entomology and virology. Online learning offers you a flexible learning process and the possibility to compose your own course. It is ideal for professionals and enables them to study the lecture material at their own pace and place.

This online course has been developed by experts from the laboratories on plant sciences of Wageningen University & Research in cooperation with the Royal Netherlands Society of Plant Pathology (KNPV) and the Foundation Willie Commelin Scholten for Phytopathology (WCS). The modules have been successfully followed by a broad audience from more than 20 countries and are well-rated.

Organisator Wageningen Academy, Wageningen Plant Breeding
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Plant diseases can form a major threat to crops and ornamentals. Research on pathology & entomology can develop methodologies and strategies for durable plant control with a minimal negative impact on the environment. In this scientific field fundamental knowledge is gained about e.g. nematodes, viruses, plant pathogenic fungi, insects and the interaction with their host plants, bacteria and (a)biotic environmental factors.

5 Modules

We offer an online course Plant pathology and entomology consisting of 5 modules. You can register for any combination of modules.

  • Phytopathology (incl. bacteria) (M1).
  • Nematology (M2).
  • Entomology (M3).
  • Virology (M4).
  • Extra module General terms.

M1-M4 all are 1.0 ECTS; this equals ca. 28 study hours. More information on the covered topics can be downloaded from this website (see Downloads).

Optional: Exam and certificate with study credits
Each module can be completed by doing a written exam at Wageningen University & Research in The Netherlands. This is optional. After completing the exam successfully, a certificate with the relevant study credits (ECTS) is issued. You can do exam per module or for more modules at the same date.

Our approach

All study material is available on the online learning platform Blackboard Learn. The study material consists of built-in readers which contain all information, supported by interactive Q&A tests to check the acquired knowledge.

Results for you

The complete online course Plant pathology and entomology provides you with a concise overview of basic concepts and principles in the biology of plant pathogens and pests, including morphology, reproduction, detection and spread.

Target audience

Professionals in plant breeding and related companies and research institutes.


The contents of this course are written by experts of Wageningen University. All modules are available through internet and consist of built-in readers which contain all information supported by interactive Q&A tests.

Supervisory lecturer

Dr Jan-Kees Goud, Wageningen Plant Research, Plant Breeding.