Secondary Metabolites in Plant Resistance and Pathogen Virulence, 5 ECTS

Last changed: 25 October 2021

Journal club February-April weekly, main course May 3-7, 2021.

[online on Zoom due to the Covid19 situation]

This course is the latest in the NOVA PhD course series "Plant Pathology with a Nordic Dimension" and course no 33 in the ongoing series of Nordic PhD courses in Plant Pathology. It deals with secondary metabolites produced by the plants and microbes during their interactions. Plants produce many secondary metabolites as part of their constitutive and induced defence, which protect them against pathogens and pests, whereas microbes produce secondary metabolites that are important virulence determinants causing symptoms and plant cell death. Also, the secondary metabolites produced by biocontrol organisms and fungal mycotoxins harmful for humans will be part of this course. Understanding plant pathogen interactions and biocontrol at the molecular level will be prioritized embracing genomics, transcriptome and gene expression studies.

The course has two international teachers, Professor Carole Beaulieu, University of Sherbrooke, Canada, and Professor Wilhelm Schäfer, University of Hamburg, Germany. Many Nordic teachers participate in the teaching as well.

This course is organized as an online course on Zoom. The course will start with a pre-course journal club that will be running online weekly starting March 2021. During the sessions, articles suggested by teachers will be discussed. The main course includes lectures, scientific presentations, discussions and student presentations.

  • Time: Journal club February-April weekly, main course May 3-7, 2021
  • Location: Online
  • Application: Email course coordinator Minna Pirhonen: minna.pirhonen@helsinki.fi for signing up