Master Thesis & Student Research

PlantHealth students can do their master thesis anywhere in the world!

The overall goal of the master is to educate students to become specialists in crop protection and IPM to develop their scientific curiosity and intercultural skills and enable them to work in international companies, universities or research institutes in different parts of the world.

The Master PlantHealth trains students to develop the ability to see plant health in a broad context taking into account all relevant agronomic factors, like plant variety, nutrition, soil tillage, crop rotation etc. Students obtain the skills and knowledge of advanced entomology, mycology, virology, bacteriology, nematology and weed science to efficiently analyse or diagnose biotic and/or abiotic constraints in productivity of cropping systems.

During the master thesis period, PlantHealth students have the chance to apply their scientific basis in life sciences and the skills and methodology learnt during the master to do research or implement sustainable plant health strategies in an applied approach.


Master Thesis Report 2018

PlantHealth students find master thesis in a great variety of companies and positions. Here is an overview of the Master Theses carried out in 2018:

Country Institution Master Thesis Topic
Belgium Biobest Group Exploring the potential of Trichoderma for broad- spectrum protection against pests and diseases
France INRA GAFL Avignon Evolution forces involve in aphids population Aphis gossypii on resistant melon plants
France INRA PACA- Unité Pathologie Végétale Evaluation of efficiency factors of a biocontrol agent in order to develop a decision support tool to optimize its utilization
France Biostatistics and spatial processes (BioSP) INRA PACA Avignon Simulation of an agricultural landscape to study population dynamics of pest and auxiliary
France Groupe ROULLIER, Centre mondial de l’innovation Characterisation of microbial strains from the wheat rhizosphere as potential biocontrol agents against plant pathogenic fungus
Germany Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Cloning and heterologous expression of proteins from Fusarium graminearum in E. coli
Germany University of Göttingen, Laboratory for molecular phytopathology and mycotoxin research Secondary metabolites of Fusarium oxysporum and food preference of arthropods
Italy University of Padova Investigating the spatial dynamics of the parasitoids of Drosophila suzukii and the role of different types of forest in sustaining the parasitoid populations in Northern Italy
Italy University of Padova Multi-spectral reflectance response to pest infestation in young plants.
Spain Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias (IVIA) Behavioral responses of Lasius grandis to larvae of the predatory coccinellid Cryptolaemus montrouzieri fed on different diets
Spain Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias (IVIA) Evaluation of Biostimulant Products for the Control of Phytophthora capsici in Pepper
Spain Trialcamp/Eurofins Agroscience Services Ecotoxicological studies on bees
Spain Universitat Politècnica de València Characterization and phylogeny of a collection of Phytopythium isolates obtained from woody plants
The Netherlands Koppert Biological System Effect of low relative humidity on Phytoseiulus persimilis gravid females and their eggs
The Netherlands Koppert Biological Systems Mycorrhiza production development and implications on AMF performance
The Netherlands Wageningen University & Research Development of a protocol to knockout genes in Alternaria solani for studying pathogenicity in potato
The Netherlands Wageningen Institute Evaluation of Predatory Bugs on Green House Tomato with different type of feed
USA University of Arkansas Understanding the functions of AtNHR2A and AtNHR2B in relation with JAZ proteins in non-host disease resistance