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The guest lecture by Ernesto Pérez Benito (CIALE, University of Salamanca): Genetic analysis of a plant-pathogen interaction. Insights from population, molecular genetics and genomic approaches

1st April 2020; 12.30, room no IV (Faculty of Biological and Veterinary Sciences)


Genetic analysis of a plant-pathogen interaction. Insights from population, molecular genetics and genomic approaches.


Ernesto Pérez Benito. CIALE. University of Salamanca.


Botrytis cinerea is a necrotrophic plant pathogenic fungus with a wide host range. Within the species, significant differences between individuals have been observed in natural populations with respect to vegetative growth, conidiation, sclerotium formation, secondary metabolism, fungicide resistance, light responses and virulence.  In order to explore and develop alternative control strategies, basic information about its pathogenicity mechanism and on the structure of its natural populations is needed. Vitis vinifera is a strategic crop in Castilla y León, in Spain, and B. cinerea is one of its main pathogens, the causal agent of “grey mould”. It is our main interest to characterize this pathosystem focussing on the fungus, which is being investigated at the individual, the population and the gene levels. A large population of Botrytis field isolates have been generated from vineyards in Castilla y León, and genetic, molecular genetics and genomic tools are being applied to their characterization. The inter- and intraspecific diversity within their natural populations was described. B. cinerea isolates predominated and their aggressiveness on Vitis leaves displayed a normal distribution, suggestive of its quantitative, multigenic nature. Information about the way in which the genetic diversity is organized in the populations and about the reproduction mode of the fungus in the field has be gathered. Interestingly, a number of non-pathogenic isolates were identified. These isolates, which represent “non-pathogenic natural variants”, might facilitate the identification of essential pathogenicity factors. Genetic and genomic analysis of these “natural mutants“ has made it possible to identify a major effect gene controlling the ability of the fungus to sporulate, to produce sclerotia and to infect the host plant. This gene, and the processes it regulates, might constitute excellent targets for control.


Announcement by the Rector of NCU

Announcement by the Rector of Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń from 04.03.2020 on the guidelines and recommendations concerning the spread of SARS-CoV-2.


To whom it may concern,

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One should especially bear in mind the basic rules of hygiene- washing hands as often as possible, covering one’s nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing:

  • viruses are eradicated on contact with soap, and covering one’s nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing limits the spread of infections, thanks to which the people around are protected,
  • after using tissues, it is necessary to dispose of them immediately and wash one’s hands,
  • it is worthwhile to carry antibacterial gel or tissues, which are an effective way of cleaning one’s hands.

Due to the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic threat, and the announcements by the Main Sanitary Inspectorate and World Health Organization (WHO) on declaring the state of emergency of international range, bearing in mind the duty to ensure safe and hygienic working conditions, I have decided to suspend until further notice all work-related trips by employees of Nicolaus Copernicus University to the countries with high virus incidence especially to the regions with increased incidence reported, namely China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Italy (especially to the regions of Lombardy, Veneto, Piedmont, Emilia Romania and Lazio), as well as Iran, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Taiwan. The list of not recommended travel destinations is expected to grow.

The suspension also includes all ‘official’ trips by students and doctoral students. Nicolaus Copernicus University will make a suggestion to cancel all planned visits by students (among others, from the Erasmus program), doctoral students and employees of foreign partnering universities from the aforementioned countries with high incidence.

The costs sustained by NCU's staff as a result of the Rector's decision which cannot be recovered (such as airline tickets), shall be refunded by the University at the employee’s request.

Individuals planning private foreign trips are obliged to comply with the announcements and guidelines published by Main Sanitary Inspectorate, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Foreign affairs and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

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  • Students are obliged to send a notification via e-mail to their teacher and the Head of Department/unit where classes are taught (Dean, Head of Doctoral College etc.) after returning from a country with high incidence. Academic teachers are obliged to allow for teaching the classes or taking tests at a different time, allowing the possibility to change their form.
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Academic teachers are obliged to monitor the situation and notify about any potential threats.

I wish to emphasize that the most important thing is to remain calm, avoid actions which are disproportionate to the situation and exercise rational prevention- a 24h/day helpline of National Health Fund is 800 190 590.


Dodatkowy nabór na staże zagraniczne dla doktorantów z UMK w programie PROM II

W dniu 2 marca 2020 roku zostanie otwarty dodatkowy nabór w programie międzynarodowej wymiany stypendialnej doktorantów i kadry akademickiej PROM II na dofinansowanie wyjazdów stażowych dla doktorantów z UMK. Do rozdysponowania jest jeszcze 9 stypendiów na 3 tygodniowe staże. Kwota dofinansowania wynosi 9700 PLN na koszty utrzymania oraz dodatkowo od 1000 PLN do 5000 PLN na pokrycie kosztów podróży.  Zachęcamy wszystkich doktorantów do poszukania miejsca odbycia stażu i złożenia wniosku.  Wnioski mogą też składać doktoranci, którzy niedawno rozpoczęli studia III jak i osoby które już składały podania dofinansowanie w ramach programu PROM II, ale go nie dostały.  Program adresowany jest do doktorantów z następujących wydziałów:
Wydział Chemii
Wydział Fizyki, Astronomii i Informatyki Stosowanej
Wydział Matematyki i Informatyki
Wydział Nauk Biologicznych i Weterynaryjnych
Wydział Nauk o Ziemi i Gospodarki Przestrzennej

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Nabór potrwa do 16 marca 2020 r.

Koordynatorem projektu jest dr Łukasz Pepłowski z Wydziału Fizyki, Astronomii i Informatyki Stosowanej.



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