France, Angers

Plant Health and Quality

when 29 June 2020 - 17 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 2000

The program relies on interactive classes, conferences including international speakers and hands-on activities.
Plant Health :

Plant pathology : new technologies for pathogen detection
Phenotyping applied to plant health monitoring
Chemical ecology of insect crop pests
Plant resistance inducers (elicitors) in crop protection
Parasitic plants
Seed microbiota and seed-borne pathogens

Plant Quality :

Fruit post harvest quality
Architecture characterization of ornamental plant
Plant physiology
Physiological quality of seeds
Phenotyping for seed germination

Short presentations of students' personal research projects
Being a PhD student in Angers, France:
General information about PhD fellowships
Friendly evening with local doctoral and post-doctoral students (Greenyd association)

Hands-on activities

Droplet digital PCR applied to plant health and quality
Bioinformatic with Galaxy
Analytical and sensory methods to assess fruit quality
Aphid olfactory choice experiments
Electrophysiological recordings of insect antennae
qPCR - a methodology to quantify defense gene expression in plant
Characterization of parasitic plant- host plant relationship
Plant photosynthetic activity
Architectural analysis of plant by 3D digitization
Phenotyping -Image analysis and study of germination
Phenotyping - Quantification of disease severity using image analysis
Low-cost imaging for plant health monitoring

Scientific visits

SNES GEVES (Variety and Seed Study and Control Group)
LSV-ANSES (Plant Health Laboratory)
CIRM-CFBP (French Collection of Plant associated Bacteria)
PHENOTIC (instrumentation for high throughput plant phenotyping)
Seed company, to be confirmed
ITEIPMAI (French research institute for perfume, medicinal and aromatic plants)
Roses Loubert (national collection, old rose garden)
Tropical greenhouse of the National Museum of Natural History, Paris

Course leader

Pascal Poupard

Marion Fisher-Le Saux

Target group

The program is open to Bachelor and Master students in the fields of agriculture, plant science and biological science.
A good English level is required.

Course aim

This program will give you an insight into new developments in plant health and quality research.

You will be exposed to multidisciplinary approaches in the field of sustainable management of plant health and quality.

This program will increase your scientific background and may help you to prepare a PhD project.

The Summer School not only offers a fine selection of interesting courses and scientific visits, it also aims at giving you an unforgettable
stay in France.
You will enjoy the numerous social activities in our beautiful historical city and your one-day trips in Paris and on the Atlantic seashore.
You will entertain and make botanical discoveries with the visit of Terra Botanica, the only theme park in France devoted to Plant Life.

Credits info

6 EC
certificate of attendance

Fee info

EUR 2000: Fees includes tuition, Paris-Angers return trip, accommodation, almost every meals, welcoming and teaching materials, bike rental and bus pass, all costs (transport, meals, entrance tickets) related to the scientific visits and the social program.
EUR 1000: With scholarship


Total or partial scholarship may be offered to cover the admission fees by the Regional Objectif Vegetal program.
Selection criteria will be: adequacy of the training with the scientific program, school results, English level and motivations.

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