Genomics-based breeding for sustainable disease resistance, 5 ECTS

Last changed: 11 November 2021

Time: 23 - 28 January 2022. Place: Trolltun Gjestegård, Dombås, Norway. Deadline: 1 December 2021

Course description

The course will provide PhD students with theoretical background and practical examples of using host plant resistance breeding as a key element to achieve sustainable disease management. Resistance breeding is often advocated as the most cost-effective and sustainable way of crop protection, but can also lead to great failures if the sought resistance itself is unsustainable. The concepts of durable resistance will therefore be discussed, and focus will be on how host resistance of cultivars can enhance other control measures like chemical plant protection and agronomic practices (crop rotation, stubble management, soil tillage). New tools such as marker-based breeding, genomic selection, genome editing and speed breeding will also be covered, with focus on how they can be applied i resistance breeding. The overall goal is to support the development of sustainable food production systems in the Nordic countries.

Teaching methods:

The course will include a mix of lectures given by teachers and student presentations on assigned topics that cover the course curriculum.

Home assignments:

Students will earn their credits by preparing and holding a lecture on their assigned topic as well as presenting a poster on their thesis project.

Prerequisite knowledge

The course is intended for PhD students with basic knowledge of plant breeding and genetics, plant pathology, crop science and biotechnology. Students with plant breeding related research in their PhD project will get priority. If place allows, master students with relevant thesis research will also be admitted.

Course organizer: Morten Lillemo, NMBU

Guest lecturer: Hermann Bürstmayr, BOKU, Austria

Course registration:

Some more practical details: Practical information.