Course code NOVA-405

NOVA-405 Epidemiology and Population Genetics

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2018 - 2019 .

Course responsible: Arne Stensvand
Teachers: May Bente Brurberg
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Biosciences
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:

Teaching spring 2019.

Journal clubs start mid February 2019. On-site course: 6-11 May 2019.

Course frequency: Spring 2019
First time: Study year 2018-2019
Preferential right:
Students on PhD level have number one prioritiy. Master's students may inquire vacancy for PhD courses from the contact listed on the course's NOVA webpage.
Course contents:

This is the  third course in the NOVA PhD course series "Plant Pathology with a Nordic Dimension", which is scheduled for 2017-2020. The series consist of four courses, each within different disciplines in plant pathology.

  • 2017: Biological Control: Microbial Interactions for Improved Plant Health (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences). Two themes will be addressed a) inoculation biocontrol where biocontrol microbes are applied to the plant crop and b) conservation biocontrol where interactions and function of indigenous microbial communities in the plant crop suppress diseases.
  • 2018: Biotrophy in Plant Pathogens - from Recognition to Ecology (Aarhus University, Science and Technology). Focus is on plant interactions with biotrophic pathogens aiming at understanding plant defence reactions, pathogen effector biology and the ecology of biotrophs.
  • 2019: Epidemiology and Population Genetics (Norwegian University of Life Sciences). Epidemiology including local dissemination and distance spread of pathogens. Includes the role of population genetics and the race concept in relation to host plant resistance.
  • 2020: Secondary Metabolites in Plant Resistance and Pathogen Virulence (University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry). Metabolites play an important role for virulence of many pathogens and in plants defence. This will be addressed in different pathosystems.

Content

Each course in the series includes definitions, terms, concepts and theories within the plant pathology disciplines reflected in the course title. Two main themes will be the core of each course schedule. Cases with special relevance for the Nordic zone will have highest priority. Understanding plant pathogen interactions and biocontrol at the molecular level will be prioritized embracing genomics, transcriptome and gene expression studies. Importance of cell wall degrading enzymes, effector molecules and secondary metabolites will be addressed. Discussions of biocontrol, epidemiology, population dynamics and plant resistance as part of integrated pest management will be part of each course.

Pre-campus assignments

A journal club will be running weekly for 3 months discussing papers suggested by the teachers. Students prepare either a poster or an oral presentation.

*Please note that the organising of the course scheduled for 2020 will be dependent on the student evaluations of previous courses within the series, as well as the yearly NOVA course budget.

Learning outcome:

The student will obtain:

  • Knowledge of definitions, theories and concepts within the pathology disciplines addressed in the course series
  • Basic skills of genomics/bioinformatics methods used in advanced plant pathology and knowledge about strategies for integrated pest management (IPM)
  • Specific competences in: course 3 (2019): epidemiology, population genetics and race development
  • Skills in presenting scientific subjects is another learning outcome of the courses
Learning activities:
Several forms of teaching are used, including lectures, literature discussion sessions and computer exercises. The students acquire facts by reading relevant literature during the journal club and through lectures. These facts are then processed during computer exercises and during discussion sessions. Discussion sessions are opportunities for students with different backgrounds to learn from each other.
Syllabus:
The students will receive the reading list in due time.
Prerequisites:
A prerequisite is that the students have an MSc within natural sciences. MSc students can occasionally be accepted to attend.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Participation at the on-site course.
Assessment:
Evaluation will be based on participation in the journal club and student presentations at the course. Evaluation will also include active participation in group discussions, activity at lectures and at other discussion sessions at the course.
Nominal workload:

Estimated work load in total 150 hours including the 5 days at the course.

  • Journal Club for preparing before the course: 10 weeks each with an estimated work load of 8 hours = 80 hours (include reading suggested papers and discussing the papers with other students and local teachers - discussions via internet will organized for students not localized close to other students).
  • Preparing posters and oral presentations before the course: 30 hours.
  • Work load at the 5 day course: 40 hours: will be a mix of lectures, group discussions, Students presentation of own posters and student oral presentations plus an excursion. Programs will also be organized as evening sessions: plenum and group discussions.
Entrance requirements:

A prerequisite is that the students have an MSc within natural sciences. MSc students can occasionally be accepted to attend.

Students on PhD level have number one priority. Master's students may inquire vacancy for PhD courses from the contact listed on the course's NOVA webpage.

Type of course:
  • Journal Club for preparing before the course: 10 weeks each with an estimated work load of 8 hours = 80 hours (include reading suggested papers and discussing the papers with other students and local teachers - discussions via internet will organized for students not localized close to other students).
  • Work load at the 5 day course: 40 hours: will be a mix of lectures, group discussions, Students presentation of own posters and student oral presentations plus an excursion. Programs will also be organized as evening sessions: plenum and group discussions.
Note:

This course is a joint Nordic NOVA PhD course organised by Arne Stensvand, NMBU. The course is part of the NOVA course series Plant Pathology with a Nordic Dimension (2017-2020). Teachers and researchers from NMBU, Ohio State University, Max-Planck Institute, Aarhus University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and the University of Helsinki will teach on the course to be run in 2019. Please see the course information webpage on NOVA's website for more information on the course:

https://www.nmbu.no/en/students/nova/students/phd-courses/phd-courses-2019/node/35829

Examiner:
Examination details: Continuous exam: Bestått / Ikke bestått