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Biotrophic and Hemibiotrophic Plant Pathogens and their Host Plant Interactions
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5743-23-09-32
Enrollment deadline: 10/02/2023
PlaceDepartment of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Date and timeApril 2023
Regular seats30
ECTS credits4.00
Contact personHans Thordal-Christensen    E-mail address: htc@plen.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserDavid B. Collinge    E-mail address: dbc@plen.ku.dk
Written languageEnglish
Teaching languageEnglish
Course workload
Course workload categoryHours
Project work6.00


Aim and content
This course aims to give participants an advanced understanding of the nature of interactions between plants with fungi exhibiting different lifestyles, focusing on biotrophic (such as powdery mildew and rust fungi) and hemibiotrophic interactions. The course will focus on the biology of the interactions with the plant and other microorganisms. Another emphasis is the availability and use of different means of disease management based on disease resistance, epidemiology and biological control. The course is five day full time at a conference centre near Copenhagen preceded by preparation through a journal club once a week for two months using Zoom. Three internationally renowned researchers will participate in the course holding lectures and workshops with the participating students who will come primarily from two Danish and three other Nordic Universities.
We also expect participation from the three Baltic countries (i.e. the BOVA network)

This course is running within the NOVA PhD programme and is 36th in the internationally acclaimed series of Nordic PhD courses in Plant Pathology.
The other Nordic partners/Contacts are:
• Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), (Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology, Prof Magnus Karlsson and Prof Emeritus Dan Funck Jensen)
• Norwegian University of Biological Sciences (NMBU), Prof May Bente Brurberg
• University of Helsinki, (Docent Minna Pirhonen, Prof. Fred Asiegbu)

Learning outcome
insight into fungal plant interactions

TBA 1st February 2023

Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, colloquia, journal club, posters, discussions and exercises – see "course workload".

The internationally renowned guest teachers are:
Professor Dave Berger, FABI and Dept of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Professor Armin Djamei, Dept. of Plant Pathology, University of Bonn

Professor Mogens Støvring Hovmøller, Dept of Agroecology, Aahus University at Flakkebjerg,


Prof Hans Thordal-Christensen,
Prof Dan Funck Jensen
Prof Mogens Hovmøller

Residential 16th April to 21st April 2023, Kobæk Strand Hotel & Conference, Kobæk Strand, 4230 Skælskør. It takes approx. 2½ hrs to get to the venue from Copenhagen airport by public transport

Full payment for the cost of accommodation will be taken at the time of arrival at Kobæk Strand Hotel & Conference. The participant is obliged to pay Kobæk Strand Hotel & Conference the agreed price of approx. 6.700,-  for the full course.

further information to Prof David B Collinge dbc@plen.ku.dk or Section Secretary Lisbeth Axelsen liax@plen.ku.dk 

Registration: https://eventsignup.ku.dk/biotrophic5743/conference

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