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Future Plant Protection

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NOVA PhD course of 6 ECTS, organised by Prof. Lars Andersson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Course dates and location: 12-16 Mar. 2018, in Uppsala, Sweden.

Course Description and Content
The starting point is the challenges facing future agriculture and horticulture, including climate change with consequences for adaptation of cropping systems and plant protection. This will lead into discussions of adaptive traits of weeds, pest insects and plant pathogens, and expected changes in distribution and damage niche of these organisms. Lectures and discussions regarding control will include potential for implementation of new technology, plant breeding and biological control in future strategies based on Integrated Pest Management.

The course will serve as a platform for the training of coming scientists, and enable students from different background (ecology, crop production, soil ecology, plant ecology, entomology) to meet in common discussions, thus getting a broader knowledge.

Programme Outline
The course encompasses a pre-campus period when students are requested to carefully read the selected articles, some of which are compulsory and some free of choice. Based on literature and own research interest students will formulate a draft for a research application, to be presented at the course summit and finalized after the summit.

The course summit will encompass lectures by senior teachers, good time for discussions in group and in plenum, and presentations by students.

Pre-/Post-Campus Assignments
Pre-campus assignments

  • Reading a number of assigned articles.
  • Formulating a draft for an application for research funding, to be presented at the course.

Post-campus assignment

  • Finishing the application draft.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:

  • Students will understand the process of increased damage niche of pest organisms in the agroecosystem, related to changes in climate and cropping system.

Skills:

  • Students will have increased there knowledge of how new technology can be used for identification, detection, monitoring, resistance breeding and control of pest organisms.

Competence:

  • Students will have increased there competence as researchers in the process of identifying the research question, analysing the possibilities to answer it and the methods needed, and using this to formulate a good application for research funding.

Evaluation Elements

  • Formulation and presentation of a draft for an application for research funding.
  • Active participation in discussions.

Pedagogical Approach
To be well prepared for the course summit, students are requested to carefully read the selected articles, some of which are compulsory and some free of choice. Based on literature and own research interest students will formulate a draft for a research application, to be presented at the course summit. The course summit will encompass lectures, discussions, and student presentations. The combination of literature studies, lectures and writing an application will help creating an atmosphere with discussions at a high level. This will be facilitated by the fact that many of the teachers will be present throughout the week of course summit.

Estimated Workload

  • 10 hours seminar
  • 25 hours lecture
  • 5 hours excursion
  • 140 hours independent work

Prerequisite Knowledge
Master in Biology or Agriculture. Courses in Plant protection, Plant physiology and Ecology.

Admission
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.

A written application letter (1/2 pages) stating the career stage and the interest on the course topics is requested.

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Published 3. May 2017 - 11:29 - Updated 21. September 2017 - 9:30

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