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Angers (France)

02 - 18 Jul 2018

Plant Health and Quality Summer School

Located in Angers, the Plant Health & Quality Summer School is organized by one of the first Higher Education Training Centres in France on plant science with 2500 students/year and an excellent support for research and close links with major economic players. With 400 researchers, including 175 permanent scientists, 66 PhDs (in 2016), Angers is the first research centre in France on horticulture and seed sciences with track-record excellence in research focusing on quality and health of horticultural crops and seeds.

Updated on 04/05/2018
Published on 01/31/2018

The Summer School will offer participants conferences by renowned researchers and various hands-on workshops with the participation of international researchers from partner universities and institutions. Topics include different research fields in plant health and quality: plant defense stimulation and plant resistance, disease diagnostic, plant and pathogen genomics, parasitic plants, weed control in intercropping systems, quality of seeds, fruit production and development, sensory analysis, etc.


  • 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, INRA)
  • 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

More information: http://summerschools.univ-angers.fr/en/index/about-schools/schools/plant-science/courses-1-2-2.html

Associated Centre(s):
Pays de la Loire