17 - 21 August 2021, Alnarp Sweden

This summer school is a joint teaching program between the Erasmus Mundus Project ESCAPAdE and the Euro League for Life Sciences - ELLS Subject Areas “Plant Molecular Breeding and Biotechnology” and “Plant Health”

Application open until May 15, 2021.

Course Content

Techniques related to plant breeding and protection such as gene pyramiding, genomic selection, genetic modification, genome editing, and application of biologicals will be taken up, together with concepts of multivariate and intercropping systems in an agro-ecological perspective. The importance of readily available genetic materials in biobanks and legislation as well as public perception and acceptance of innovations will be discussed. As part of the course there will be a case study-based exercise where the students will identify synergies and conflicts between UN Sustainable Development Goals in relation to different plant protection strategies employed.

The course will contain a mixture of lectures, study visits and a group case study including literature study.

New pedagogical tools to teach plant biology will be applied in line with Erasmus+ ESCAPAdE objectives  These will be worked out together among teachers at the universities in ESCAPAdE and the ELLS SA Plant Molecular Breeding and Biotechnology and Plant Health.

Experts in their field will be teaching the course. A study visit will be to the SLU Biotron where plant phenotyping can be performed for both plant breeding and protection research. A study visit to Nordic Genetic Resource Center as well as to a plant protection and breeding company or similar in Scania in Southern Sweden will be included.

Participation in lectures up to 80%, study visits and case study work are obligatory