Université de Bordeaux
 

Timetable & learning outcomes

This summer school aims to decipher the strategies that have been developed to identify and exploit stress responses and to manage the growing practices that tackle abiotic and biotic stress. Course content will focus on major challenges encountered by the agricultural industry, such as confronting climate change and maintaining both the yield and quality of agro-food productions. A variety of crops will be studied, such as tomatoes, strawberries, grapevines, carrots, leeks, pine and oak trees.

Teaching will be based on the flipped classroom principle: participants and speakers will co-design experiments in response to current queries and demands faced by farmers and customers. Students and professors will then collect the resulting data and determine the most efficient data mining methods to process the results. The analyses and experimental conclusions will be presented at the end of the summer school.

Participants will be familiarized with academic research, thus preparing them for future studies within doctoral schools and also for the workforce. This international experience will allow students to gain a deeper understanding of other cultures, make lifelong friends from a wide variety of backgrounds and benefit from world-renowned academic excellence.

Tentative program

The summer school will be devoted to exploring the existing links between climate change, agricultural production and biotechnology.

Via practical and group work, students will understand the role of fundamental research when testing innovative solutions for agriculture. The aim is to provide students with a comprehensive toolbox that will allow them to carry out a needs analysis of modern agricultural practices. This is achieved through an overview of the main challenges of French agriculture and the links between fundamental research and biotechnological agricultural solutions. 

Participants will also discover the research laboratories and experimental facilities available at the University of Bordeaux, discuss with researchers who are active within chosen themes and virtually visit agricultural and industrial facilities in New Aquitaine to exchange with professionals from each industry.

Topics to be explored:

 Pollen in high ambient temperatures and development consequences (by use of cellular and molecular biology and functional genomics);

 The impact of climate change on the composition of tomato fruit (approaches for the study of central, specialized and redox metabolisms will be considered for this topic);

 Mildew: how to predict and fight this biotic threat (investigation by bioassays of strategies to study plant-pathogen interactions and control pathogen development).

In order to prepare the inverted class, quizzes will be provided to introduce each topic. Please note: some self-guided work may be required throughout the summer school. 

Week 1

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

 French breakfast
Dr. Frédéric Delmas, Prof. Michel Hernould

French agriculture, climate changes
Dr. Valérie Schurdi-Levrau

Tomato heat stress topics
Dr. Frédéric Delmas, Prof. Michel Hernould  
 Grape culture and wine production
Prof. Eric Gomes, Dr. Kentaro Mori
 Strawberry culture and production
Dr. Beatrice Denoyes, Dr. Amelia Gaston
 Forestry and climate change 
 Dr. Didier Bert

Visit of an orchard at Bourran / Toulenne
Dr. Gérard Barroso

  

Introduction
Prof. Michel Hernould 

 Stress and plant response 
Dr. Frédéric Delmas, Prof. Michel Hernould

 RedOx status in tomato
Dr. Pierre Pétriacq

Visit of the Institute of Vine and Wine Science – Interview regarding the description of research topics
Prof. Eric Gomes, Dr. Kentaro Mori 

Visit of INVENIO (strawberry selection/IVC lab) Philippe Chartier, Dr. Justine Perrotte

 Visit of INRAe Pierroton
Dr. Didier Bert 

Plant improvements to meet the major challenges of responding to stress: examples from New Aquitaine crops
 Dr. Valérie Schurdi-Levrau

Visit of INRAe (Bordeaux Metabolome platform) – Interview of Dr. Pierre Petriacq

Visit of Château Couhins
Romain Baillou 
 Visit of Montaigne tower Visit of Saint Emilion 
Social activity  Interview at the Agriculture House of New Aquitaine
 Dr. Frédéric Delmas, Prof. Michel Hernould

Visit of tomato greenhouses at Tom d’Aqui and virtual labwork presentation
Thomas Chadeleaud

 
Student presentations  Student presentations

Visit of the Pilat dune/view of the Pine forest
Dr. Frédéric Delmas, Prof. Michel Hernould 

 Student presentations

Student presentations

Week 2

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

Day 12

Day 13

Day 14

Visit of Planète Végétal (carrots and leeks)
Christian Letierce

Aquaculture
Prof. Benoît Sautour

New breeding techniques
Prof. Michel Hernould

Preparation of student feedback presentation 1 - group project
Prof. Philippe Gallusci, Prof. Michel Hernould

Preparation of student feedback presentation 2 - group project
Dr. Frédéric DelmasProf. Michel Hernould
 Student feedback presentation 1

Student feedback presentation 2

 Visit of a fresh food market
Prof. Michel Hernould, Dr. Kentaro Mori

 Visit of an Oyster House at Gujan Mestras and a Sturgeon rearing farm for caviar production at Mios
Dr. Valérie Schurdi-Levrau

 Visit of the Maïsadour production center
Antoine Gaillard

Expertise upon completion

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to translate socioeconomic demands into scientific questions and build a project proposal describing the work-packages, project management and financial support. Students and speakers will collaborate within project teams, thus allowing participants to develop their project management and communication skills.

Students will be awarded a certificate of participation upon completion of the course.

Program may be subject to change.

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