Biological control and the role of plant biomes in plant health, 4 ECTS

Last changed: 19 January 2022

Journal club February-May weekly, main course 9-13 May, 2022.

This course is the latest in the NOVA PhD course series "Plant Pathology with a Nordic Dimension" and course no. 34 in the ongoing series of Nordic PhD courses in Plant Pathology. The course provides an advanced insight and understanding of biological plant disease control and plant microbiome function. Topics include concepts and terminology in biological plant disease control, sources and selection of potential biocontrol organisms, their isolation, production and formulation. Another important topic is mechanisms in biocontrol interactions and how it relates to microbial ecology and the practical use of biocontrol agents. Students will become familiarized with methods for studying biocontrol interactions at the molecular (genome and biochemical), cellular, individual and population levels – including relevant bioinformatics. The role of biological control in integrated pest management strategies will be covered, as well as legislative aspects such as risk assessment and registration.

The course has two international teachers, Professor Gabriele Berg, Graz University of Technology, Austria, and Professor Jürgen Köhl, WageningenUniversity & Research, The Netherlands. Many Nordic teachers will participate in teaching as well.

The course will start with a pre-course journal club that will be running online weekly starting March 2022. During the sessions, articles suggested by teachers will be discussed. The on-site part of the course includes lectures, scientific presentations, discussions and student presentations.

Time: Journal club February-May weekly, on-site course May 9-13, 2022

Location: Älvkarleö Herrgård, Sweden

Application: Sign up for the course by e-mail to the course coordinator Professor Dan Funck Jensen: dan.jensen@slu.se