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Infectious Diseases - Stage 6

Examine a variety of plant specimens to understand the impact of pathogens and insects as well as the responses of plants to disease. Explore the ways that plant diseases spread and how an understanding of these processes allows people to control plant diseases.

Learning Activities

  • Students will examine infected plant material to observe different types of pathogens and the symptoms caused 
  • They will discover the defence adaptations of plants, the role of quarantine and strategies used to control plant diseases
  • Students also learn the symptoms, impacts and disease control strategies for plant diseases


Stage 6 Biology


Rathborne Lodge


2 hours


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Key Content
  • Discuss ways that disease affects plants and the impact this can have on ecosystems and human society.
  • Investigate the ways diseases are identified and controlled by prevention and treatment strategies.
  • Explore the steps used in the quarantine process and examples of diseases controlled by these methods.
  • Research plant diseases considered a threat to ecosystems or agricultural trade.
  • Investigate the plant knowledge of Aboriginal people and their contemporary application to treating diseases.
Syllabus Outcomes

Focus Syllabus Outcomes


Module 7: Infectious Diseases
  • Develops and evaluates questions and hypotheses for scientific investigation (BIO11/12-1)
  • Designs and evaluates investigations in order to obtain primary and secondary data and information (BIO11/12-2)
  • Conducts investigations to collect valid and reliable primary and secondary data and information (BIO11/12-3)
  • Selects and processes appropriate qualitative and quantitative data and information using a range of appropriate media (BIO11/12-4)
  • Analyses infectious disease in terms of cause, transmission, management and the organism's response, including the human immune system (BIO12-14)
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•    ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning (SDG 4)
•    demonstrate actions that work towards making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11)
•    inform and empower students to preserve our forests and halt biodiversity loss (SDG 15)

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We would like to acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation within Sydney and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.