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Sustainable Insect Management and Disease Control Based on RNAi Technology

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NOVA Master's course of 3 ECTS, organised by Dr. Ingeborg Menzler Hokkanen, University of Helsinki - Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry.
Course dates and location: 11-15 Dec. 2017 in Helsinki, Finland.

The Master's course series "Future trends in sustainable plant protection: RNAi technology for insects" consist of three consecutive Master's courses:

Course Description
Changes in pest management will be required over the next decade to fill the gap being left by legislative restrictions on pesticide use and the evolution of pest and disease resistance. There will be a growing demand to develop new solutions that are practical and effective at the grower level.

Based on the NOVA Master's pilot course at the University of Helsinki on RNAi technology, the course will focus on the aspect of insect control and the role of Bioinformatics. The objective of the course is to transfer the knowledge necessary to understand and assess RNAi technology as a pest management tool.


Programme Outline

Course schedule

Pre-/Post-Campus Assignments

Learning Outcomes
After taking a course individually or the complete series, the students will have acquired the knowledge at the advanced frontier of novel insect management tools based on RNAi technology. Each course is emphasising one aspect particularly. This course will emphasise the contribution bioinformatics can give in finding efficient and safe dsRNA for the respective insects.

Evaluation Elements
Oral exam at the end of the course.

Pedagogical Approach
The course is using as pedagogical tools pre-campus assignment, in-depth lectures, group exercises and sessions in bioinformatics.

Estimated Workload

  • lectures: 20 h
  • seminar: 5 h
  • independent work, distance learning: 50 h
  • experimental laboratory work: 15 h

Prerequisite Knowledge
Bachelor degree in a relevant field is required. Relevant fields: biological sciences (including agriculture), bio-informatics, genetics, environmental sciences, agroecology, wild-life management, biology.

Admission for NOVA courses is handled by the course organiser/ the NOVA member institution organising the course. Please see the links in the margin for more information.

Apply here

Apply by sending an email to the course responsible Dr. Ingeborg Menzler Hokkanen (ingeborg.menzler-hokkanen[at], and cc the email to Prof. Heikki Hokkanen (heikki.hokkanen[at]

Published 21. December 2016 - 13:03 - Updated 15. December 2017 - 9:32

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