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NOVA PhD Course Functional Biodiversity for Biocontrol and Pollination - Underlying Mechanisms in Crops - Open for Applications

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The course will take place on 26-30 Aug. 2019, in Kuopio, Finland.
Application deadline: 30 June 2019.

The course is of 3 ECTS. Pirjo Mäkäle, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry organises the course in collaboration with local course organiser Ingeborg Menzler-Hokkanen, University of Eastern Finland.

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The course is the third course in the NOVA PhD course series "Climate Change Entomology in the North" which is scheduled for 2017-2019:

Course Description
The series "Climate Change Entomology in the North" focuses on the fundamental and drastic demands in agricultural entomology in the Nordic countries, caused primarily by climate change. At an accelerating rate new serious, invasive pests threaten our primary production systems in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, and wilderness areas. Furthermore, our pollination and biocontrol ecosystems services - vital to our crop production as well as wild flowers and berries - are at risk due to invading pests, competitors, and diseases; changing phenology of flowering; multiple generations of pests; decline and even forecast extinctions of certain pollinator species, etc. We need to train a new generation of experts in this area to be able to cope with the growing challenges. Foremost immediate threats include the spotted wing Drosophila -fly, recently introduced from Asia to Europe, and which is making its way northwards (established at many locations in Sweden already).

In the course series, we will train the students to understand the mechanisms of invasions, what alternatives we have in coping with and preventing the spread, what can be used for rapid and early diagnostics of such new problems, and how to mitigate negative impacts of invasions. Similarly, the rapid decline of diversity and overall population densities of key pollinators requires in-depth understanding of the mechanisms, in order to design and apply suitable mitigation measures (including regulatory approaches).

Programme Outline

  • lectures and interactive seminars on theoretical and practical basics of species invasions, range expansion, competition and displacement, ecological impacts, and the role of climate, weather and human activity as determinants or modifiers of these complex interactions; possible control and mitigation methods
  • lab-work, demonstrations, and field assessments concerning e.g., detection and monitoring of invasive pests, and control methods
  • field trip related to species invasions

Main teachers:

  • Hongbo Jiang, professor, Southwest University, Chongqing, China
  • Jarmo Holopainen, professor, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
  • Jouni Sorvari, associate professor, University of Eastern Finland
  • Heikki Hokkanen, professor emeritus, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Ingeborg Menzler-Hokkanen, senior researcher, University of Eastern Finland

For more information on the course and on how to apply, please see:


Published 19. March 2019 - 12:34 - Updated 19. March 2019 - 12:47