Plant disease detectives


In this activity, students act as detectives, piecing together information from the sources provided to identify common plant diseases, including the type of pathogen causing it, ways in which the disease is spread, and how to stop the spread.

The activity will help students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes at KS4:

  • describe common plant diseases
  • explain how these communicable plant disease are spread.


Ideas about communicable diseases in plants are included in the updated programmes of study for Key Stage 4 science published in December 2014. These ideas will be included in GCSE Science courses from 2016 (for first assessment in summer 2018).

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