Molecular tools for the study of plant-pathogen interactions 

The main goal of this course is to train young scientists in the basics of plant-pathogen interactions. It will address the infection process both from the plant and pathogen perspective. The course will provide an opportunity to learn the main theoretical aspects in this field, as well as to acquire some hands-on experience in laboratory techniques commonly used in this area. The attendees who participate in this course will have the

opportunity to exchange ideas with invited professors with diverse expertise and international background. Covered topics and aspects will include:

• Introduction to the genetic and molecular bases of plant-pathogen interaction; plant and pathogen strategies acquired and employed for their own benefits;

• Methodologies used for the study of plant diseases and resistance against pathogens;

• Impact of climate change on plant disease and resistance; new biotechnological strategies for the development of resistant plants against biotic stress. Regulatory frameworks.