France, Angers

Plant Health and Quality Summer School

when 24 June 2019 - 12 July 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 2000

The program relies on interactive classes and hands-on activities.

Plant Health :

Plant pathology : new technologies for disease diagnostic and pathogen detection
Phenotyping of plant diseases
Chemical ecology of insect crop pests
Plant resistance inducers (elicitors) in crop protection
Parasitic plants
Seed-borne pathogens : pathogenicity determinants and microbial communities

Plant Quality :

Fruit post harvest quality
Architecture characterization of ornamental plant
Plant breeding and varietal resistance
Physiological quality of seeds
Phenotyping for seed germination

Studying in Angers and preparing a PhD thesis in France :

Presentation of the Plant Science campus
Roundtable with PhD students

Hands-on activities

Droplet digital PCR applied to plant health and quality
e-phytia, web applications and mobile tools specialized in Plant Health
Bioinformatic with Galaxy for Dummies
Analytical and sensory methods to assess fruit quality
Quantitative trait Loci
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

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)
ITEIPMAI (French research institute for perfume, medicinal and aromatic plants)
Roses Loubert (national collection, old rose garden)
VILMORIN (Seed company)
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: 2000€
Fees include tuition, Paris-Angers return trip, accommodation, all the 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.


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.