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Advanced Plant Microbe Interactions
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5712-22-09-31Activity has taken place
PlaceDepartment of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Date and timeFebruary 2023 - April 2023
Regular seats12
ECTS credits5.00
Contact personDavid B. Collinge    E-mail address: dbc@plen.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserDavid B. Collinge    E-mail address: dbc@plen.ku.dk
Written languageEnglish
Teaching languageEnglish
Block note8 sessions as per agreement. Dates to be annonunced.
Exam requirementsLevel B: 5 ECTS Level A: 5 ECTS
Exam formOther under invigilation
Exam detailsEvaluation of oral contributions for level A (5 ECTS), term paper for level B (5 ECTS)
Exam aidsAll aids allowed
Criteria for exam assessmentFor A level: Demonstration that the particpant has understood the subject through holding a lecture or prearing a stimulating journal club. For B level: a stimulating term paper which draws in current literature and develops a theme.
Course workload
Course workload categoryHours



The course aims at giving the participants detailed interdisciplinary understanding of the function of plant-microbe interactions in general, with emphasis on bacterial, fungal and viral plant-pathogens as well as mutalistic symbioses such as mycorrhiza.

The application of the biological knowledge in disease control will also be covered, in particular disease resistance and biological control. The precise content of the course will reflect the interests and needs of the participating students. Recent relevant publications within plant and microbial physiology, biochemistry, ecology, microbiology, molecular biology and pathology will be evaluated and discussed.

Topics offered include the following:

Birgit Jensen> Biological control of pathogens by fungi OR Fungal endophytes and biological control

Carsten Pedersen> effectors: key fungal molecules for the successful pathogen

Chatchai Kosawang> Research and approaches for emerging forest diseases

David B. Collinge> CRK receptor-like protein kinases in plant stress responses OR Fusarium interactions with cereals OR Is it really possible to make transgenic disease resistant plants and alternative biotechnological approaches?

Erik Dahl Kjær Natural> evolutionary potential of trees to cope with new emerging pathogens

Hans Thordal-Christensen> Plant pathogen defence signalling

Mette Nicholaisen> Bacterial inoculants to improve plant growth and health OR The plant microbiome – a breeding target for future crops?

Nicolai Vitt Meyling> Plant-fungi-insect interactions

Rasmus Kjøller> Establishment of mycorrhizal communities

Thomas Georg Roitsch> Contribution of plant primary metabolism and metabolic control to plant-pathogen interactions OR Non-invasive phenotyping of plant-pathogen interactions
Kathrin Rousk> Bryophyte-bacteria associations in natural ecosystems

Formel requirements
If you would like to get enrolled on the course, please contact course responsible David Collinge, email dbc@plen.ku.dk

Learning outcome
The participants will be trained in critical evaluation of research papers and in considering research results in a broader perspective by discussing the papers in a forum of expertise within very different plant-microbe interactions.

This course is particularly relevant to PhD students working with plant diseases and plant symbioses.

To follow at course start.

Based on original scientific papers and review articles.

Teaching and learning methods
A level (5ECTS): Weekly tutorials, lectures and seminars based on selected literature including scientific review articles and primary papers as specified in the course curriculum. In some cases practical demonstrations. Choice, preparation and presentation of selected topics by the participants will be emphasised. Active participation in seminars and oral presentation of seminar topics during the course is required and will be assessed. Preparation of research seminar, journal club and lecture.

B level (5ECTS): In addition to the above, a term paper is prepared on a topic relevant to research studies which draws on the curriculum.

Birgit Jensen, Carsten Pedersen, Chatchai Kosawang, David B. Collinge, Erik Dahl Kjær,
Hans Thordal-Christensen, Mette H. Nicholaisen, , Nicolai Vitt Meyling, Rasmus Kjøller,
Thomas Georg Roitsch; Katrin Rousk

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