International Ph.D. Programme in Agrobiodiversity

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

Program Description

International Ph.D. Programme in Agrobiodiversity

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

The International Ph.D. Programme in Agrobiodiversity is aimed at the enhancement of human resource capacities in the use and management of genetic variation in agricultural and natural systems, in order to improve the sustainability of agricultural systems and the conservation of genetic resources for the well-being of present and future generations.

The Programme is structured into two curricula:

  • Curriculum A - Plant genetic resources;
  • Curriculum B - Functional biodiversity in agroecosystems.

Research areas will include the analysis of:

  • Genetic variation in single genes and entire genomes of agricultural and forestry plants and their wild relatives;
  • Mechanisms that control the variability in genes and/or groups of genes, as those involved in resistance to pathogens and/or pests and tolerance to environmental factors;
  • Role of functional biodiversity in maintaining genetic diversity, including evolution and co-evolution of pests/pathogens and host plants;
  • Role of functional diversity, including interactions between pests/ pathogens/weeds and domesticated/volunteer/wild plants, in agroecosystem health;
  • Plant and crop physiology, including plant stress physiology and post-harvest physiology:
  • Options for applying the acquired knowledge, as a prerequisite for crop improvement, crop protection, sustainable crop/agroforestry management and multifunctional land use.

The International PhD Programme in Agrobiodiversity at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna- Pisa, offers three-years scholarships to carry out advanced research activities in the field of agrobiodiversity. Our goal is to encourage innovation and technology transfer in preserving, managing and exploiting agrobiodiversity through an advanced scientific educational programme. Scholarships are preferentially awarded to students coming from emerging/developing countries.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Last updated July 1, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Oct. 2017
3 years
Full time
Start date Oct. 2017
Italy Pisa
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End date Sept. 30, 2018
Duration 3 years
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