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NOVA PhD Course "Biological Control: Microbial Interactions for Improved Plant Health" - Open for Applications

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The course will take place on 29 May -3 Jun. 2017 in Uppland, Sweden.  Application deadline: 10 Feb. 2017.

The course is of 4 ECTS and is offered by Professor Dan Funck Jensen, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

NOVA course information webpage

Apply here for the 2017 course

Course Description
This is the first 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 (SLU)
    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 (AU-ST)
    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 Populations Genetics
    Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
    Epidemiology including local dissemination and distance spread of pathogens. Include 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 (HU-AF)
    Metabolites play an important role for virulence of many pathogens and in plants defence. This will be addressed in different pathosystems.

Each course 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 prioritised 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. Course 1 will also include theory of microbial ecology, microbial community interactions and their trait effects as they relate to conservation biocontrol.

Main teachers on the 2017 course:

  • Enrique Monte, Professor University of Salamanca, Spain
  • Alexandre Jousset, Assistant Professor, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • Dan Funck Jensen, Professor, SLU
  • Magnus Karlsson, Associate Professor, SLU
  • Hanna Friberg, Assistant Professor, SLU
  • Jari Valkonen, Professor, University of Helsinki - Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry (HU-AF)
  • Minna Pirhonen, Assoc. Professor, HU-AF
  • Arne Stensvand, Professor, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
  • May Bente Brurberg, Professor, NMBU
  • Mogens Nicolaisen, Assoc. Professor, Aarhus University

Please find more information on the course and on how to apply here:

Published 12. January 2017 - 13:18 - Updated 23. May 2017 - 19:10