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Molecular plant pathology: the main strategies of Integrated Pest Management

Delve into the most advanced information on plant pathogen interaction !

CIVIS focus area
Climate, environment and energy
Open to
  • MA
Field of studies
  • Environment & Agriculture
Course dates
1 October - 9 December 2021
Apply by
25 September 2021 Apply now

Main topics addressed

The aim of this course is to provide knowledge on the molecular aspects of plant-pathogen interactions. 

It will more specifically focus on:

  • Showing how pathogens counteract to plant defense response in order to establish resistance
  • The molecular aspects of fungi, bacteria, and fungi

Additionally, an emphasis will be given to the role of mycotoxins in the interaction of fungi and plants. The role of genomics for the identification of effector genes and other factors will be highlighted. 

Learning outcomes

This course will provide strong knowledge on the current state of art in the field of:

  • Identification and characterization of effectors
  • Fungal, bacterial and viral effectors
  • Role of effectors
  • Manipulation of plant hormones in plant
  • Mycotoxins
  • Thricoderma as biological control
Duration of the course: 8 weeks Format: Virtual*
Date: 1 October - 9 December ECTS offered: 6
Language: English N° of CIVIS students: 10
Location: Rome, Italy  

The course will take place once a week for 2 hours, during 2 months. It is organised in lectures and seminars from students and invited professors.

* For this course there are no funds available for physical mobility for CIVIS students, who will join online. Students from Sapienza University will have the possibility to attend the course physically.


The programme is open to Master's students at CIVIS Alliance universities.

An intermediary level of English (at lest B1 level) is required. 

Application process

Applicants should send their CV and a cover letter (maximum 500 words) to by 25 September 2021.


Students will be assessed on a presentation as well as on their ability to integrate information from all the seminars in their presentation. 

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Luigi Faino

Luigi Faino is an Associate Professor at Sapienza University, within the Department of Environmental Biology. His research focus is on plant-pathogen interactions with an emphasis on the pathogen side of the interaction. His is using population genetics to identify pathogen genes called effectors that are interfering with the plant immune system. Currently, his focus is in the interaction between Fusarium and different crops like maize and melon. He is co-author of 25 cited papers in International peer-reviewed journals. SCOPUS: H-index 14