NB! Studentweb will open for applications from NMBU students by the end of November 2018.
The course is of 5 ECTS, and is organised by Prof. Arne Stensvand, Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
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 Populations 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.
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.
- Laurence V. Madden, Professor, Ohio State University
- Eva Stuckenbrock, Professor, Max-Planck Institute
- Mogens Hovmøller, Professor, Aarhus University (AU)
- Mogens Nicolaisen, Assoc. Professor, AU
- Minna Pirhonen, Assoc. Professor, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry (HU-AF)
- Jari Valkonen, Professor, HU-AF
- Magnus Karlsson, Assoc. Professor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
- Dan Funck Jensen, Professor, SLU
- May Bente Brurberg, Professor, NMBU
- Arne Stensvand, Professor, NMBU
Please find more information on the course and on how to apply here:
*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.