The course is of 5 ECTS and is organised by Prof. Jari Valkonen, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry.
This is the fourth 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 toxic secondary metabolites in the virulence of fungal and bacterial pathogens and in the defence of plants against the various pathogens including viruses will be highlighted. Also the secondary metabolites produced by biocontrol organisms and fungal mycotoxins harmful for humans will be addressed by the Nordic teachers.
A journal club will be running weekly for 3 months discussing papers suggested by teachers. Students prepare either a poster or an oral presentation.
The student will:
- obtain knowledge of definitions, theories and concepts within the pathology disciplines addressed in the course series
- obtain basic skills of genomics/bioinformatics methods used in advanced plant pathology and knowledge about strategies for integrated pest management (IPM)
- obtain specific competences in
- course 4: Virulence and biocontrol mechanisms and host defence
- Skills in presenting scientific subjects is another learning outcome of the courses
Please find more information on the course here:
Information on when and how to apply will be published later.