France, Angers

Plant Health and Quality Summer School

when 2 July 2018 - 18 July 2018
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 1400

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

Plant Health :

Plant pathogenic bacteria, genomics, translational taxonomy
Plant pathology : new technologies for disease diagnostic and pathogen detection
Weed control in intercropping systems
Chemical ecology of insect crop pests
Plant resistance inducers (elicitors) in crop protection
Parasitic plants

Plant Quality :

Fruit post harvest quality
Plant breeding and varietal resistance
Physiological quality of seeds and impact of abiotic stresses on seed development
Architecture characterization of ornamental plant, modelisation
Phenotyping for seed germination and plant symptoms

Studying in Angers and preparing a PhD thesis in France

Presentation of the Plant Science campus
General information by the International Office (University of Angers)
Roundtable with PhD students

Hands-on activities

Databases and web tools for pathogen identification in Plant Health
A PCR-digital approach for pathogen detection
e-phytia, web applications and mobile tools specialized in Plant Health
New technologies for pathogen detection or GMO detection
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)
FNAMS (National federation of seed growers)
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

certificate of attendance

Fee info

EUR 1400: Deadline 16th April

Fees include tuition, accommodation, weekday lunches, 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 select candidates by the Regional Objectif Vegetal program.
Selection criteria will be: adequacy of the training with the scientific program, school results, English level and motivations.

Register for this course
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