NSCPHD1047 Advanced Plant Microbe Interactions

Volume 2015/2016


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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 in 2015 include the following:

1 David B. Collinge:  Is it really possible to make transgenic disease resistant plants?
2 David B. Collinge: Fusarium interactions with cereals
3 Hans Jørgen Lyngs Jørgensen:  Induced resistance in plants
4 Hans Thordal-Christensen: Plant pathogen defence signalling
5 Jørgen Eilenberg: Concepts of pathogenicity and virulence
6 Mari-Anne Newman:  Plant Innate Immunity.
7 Michael Lyngkjær: DUF26 protein kinases in plant stress responses
8 Michael Lyngkjær: Climate change and plant health
9 Nicolai Vitt Meyling: Tritrophic interactions between plants, fungi and insects
10 Carsten Pedersen:  effectors> key fungal molecules for the successful pathogen
11 Yumiko Sakuragi: The role of plant cell walls in plant defence
12 Birgit Jensen:  Fungal endophytes and biological control
13 Susanna Talvikki Saari:The hidden partners of plants – the ecology of plant-endophyte symbiosis
14 Erik Dahl Kjær: Genetical studies for pathogen resistance in forest trees  
15 Iver Jakobsen:  Mobilization of soil P pools by fungi and bacteria

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

A level: 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: In addition to the above, a term paper is prepared on a topic relevant to research studies which draws on the curriculum.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Colloquia
  • 20
  • Lectures
  • 10
  • Preparation
  • 200
  • Total
  • 230
Type of assessment
Other under invigilation
Evaluation of oral contributions for level A (5 ECTS),
term paper for level B (5 ECTS)
Exam registration requirements

Level B: 5 ECTS

Level A: 5 ECTS

All aids allowed
Censorship form
No external censorship


Criteria for exam assesment

For 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.