Novocrops PhD Summer Course: Biotechnological advances for future crop production​

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Plant production is facing unprecedented challenges. In 2050, the human population will exceed nine billion and the demand for agricultural production will increase by 60%. Climate change will limit local plant production, demanding the development of stress-resilient crops. In addition, we must reduce the environmental impact of agriculture and improve the nutritional qualities of our crops.

This PhD course will provide an update on the state-of-the-art methods to uncover the genetic basis of agronomic traits and introduce them into new or existing crops using biotechnology. Special focus will be on semi-domesticated crops as well as gene-editing systems in plants. The course will include participation in a 1-day international symposium as well as coaching sessions on poster preparation and delivery.

Course load: 5 ECTS points.​ 

Read more about the course and register for here

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Xu Zhai (