The course is of 5 ECTS and is organised by Morten Lillemo, Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
The course will provide PhD students with theoretical background and practical examples of using host plant resistance breeding as a key element to achieve sustainable disease management in agro-ecosystems. Resistance breeding is often advocated as the most cost-effective and sustainable way of crop protection, but can also lead to great failures if the sought resistance itself is unsustainable. The concepts of durable resistance will therefore be discussed, and focus will be on how host resistance of cultivars can enhance other control measures like chemical plant protection and agronomic practices (crop rotation, stubble management, soil tillage). The overall goal is to support the development of sustainable food production systems in the Nordic countries.
The course will include a mix of lectures given by teachers as well as graduate students talks on resistance breeding with focus on adapting crops to sustainable Nordic production systems. Both crossbreeding methods and omics aspects of plant-pathogen relationships will be covered as well as utilization of modern breeding methods like high throughput phenotyping (phenomics), genomics (QTL mapping, GWAS, genomic selection) and genome editing to enhance host plant resistance.
- Sunday afternoon: arrival and accommodation. Pre-dinner guest lecture.
- Monday: Introduction to host plant resistance breeding and the concepts of sustainable production systems. Students Poster presentations.
- Tuesday: Biology of plant-pathogen interactions using classical and modern molecular biology and omics tools. Biotrophic and necrotrophic diseases.
- Wednesday: Genetics of host plant resistance. Race/biotype specific and non-specific resistance
- Thursday: Application of genomics tools in resistance breeding. Principles of genomic prediction of breeding values for selection.
- Friday: Breeding for sustainable plant health management. Practical examples from plant breeders. Course evaluation and farewell.
- Professor Hermann Bürstmayr, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Austria
- Professor Rodomiro Ortiz, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
- Professor Teemu Teeri, University of Helsinki, Finland
- Professor Henrik Brinch-Pedersen, Aarhus University
- Professor Åsmund Bjørnstad, NMBU, Norway
- Researcher Morten Lillemo, NMBU, Norway
Please find more information on the course and on how to apply here: