Thursday, June 22, 2017

PhD course: Plant Protection Biology

Plant Protection Biology
20th of August - 31st of August 2012, at SLU Alnarp

The increasing environmental awareness, to some extent induced by the increasing number of reports on global climate change, has and will have a large impact on management of future cropping systems, especially concerning plant protection. The overall objective of this course is to give PhD students from different subject areas (e.g. ecology, entomology, nematology, plant breeding etc.) a deeper understanding of challenges and constraints in relation to modern plant protection in different systems.

The aim of the course is to bring together PhD students from different backgrounds (biology, agronomy, horticulture etc.) working on plant protection related areas. To make sure that they are on a comparable scientific level in the management strategy discussions, some days in the beginning will be devoted to introducing the fundamental aspects of the topic. Although this may seem broad and general for a PhD course, the level of the lectures will be adequate for the students. The lecturers will be asked to give a brief basic introduction to the field and then to move on and end with the latest results (will also be discussed during the evening literature seminars).

The following topics will be dealt with during the course: A comparison of the natural system and the cultivated system - why do different organisms become pests? Plant defence and resistance biology and breeding. Pests and pathogens (especially insects, nematodes, fungus) - ecology/population dynamics, life cycle etc. - some typical examples from each group. Crop loss assessment and presentation of different management methods, e.g. biological and chemical control, resistance breeding, chemical ecology/pheromones etc. Development of management strategies based on the different methods that are at hand - examples from different cropping systems - agriculture, horticulture and forest. Specific challenges in relation to global climate change.

More information: see the 
course syllabus or contact the course leader Erik Alexandersson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


PhD course: Field-omics

PLG0036 Field-omics - analysis of ‘-omics’ data in field trials and controlled environments (3 ECTS)
th – 19th of October 2012 at SLU Alnarp

Fieldomics Poster

The last years’ rapid technological advancements have enabled genome-scale capturing of biological processes. Gene expression analysis by microarrays as well as protein and metabolite identification by mass spectrometry are today common techniques used in many laboratories. However, combining different types of data and making biological sense out of large datasets remains challenging. The generation of such large datasets - often referred to as ’-omics’ data - demands partly new considerations for experimental set-ups, sampling, data analysis and visualization.

This course will focus on theoretical and practical aspects when designing experiments for the generation of ’-omics’ data and how to go from sampling to interpreting the results and finding biologically relevant conclusions. 

The overall goal is to point out the possibilities in using ’-omics’ techniques, but also to highlight possible pitfalls. The potential in using ’-omics’ data in future plant breeding efforts will also be discussed.

Invited faculty
Dan Jacobson (Stellenbosch University), Jan-Eric Englund (SLU), Kim Esbensen (Aalborg University), Antonio Ferrera (UCP-ESB), Magnus Fontes (Lund University), Ann-Mari Fransson (SLU), Kåre Lehmann Nielsen (Aalborg University), Fredrik Levander (Lund University), Erland Liljeroth (SLU), Kerstin Nagel (Jülich) Rodomiro Ortiz (SLU), Wolfram Weckwerth (University of Vienna) Yogesh Mishra (SLU) 

Schedule here