Summer School 2013

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Plant Volatiles: from lab bench to application

Les Diablerets-September, 9-12, 2013

The need for food is becoming a worldwide preoccupation and the future of plant science is partly dedicated to the increase of crop yield but without being a threat to the environment. The intensive use of chemicals to enhance crop production has shown its limits. New strategies have to be developed to counterattack the loss of crops due to insect damage, fungi infections and environmental stresses and also to select plants with high yield potential. We will invitee speakers that study the role of plant volatiles in this context. They work on the premise that a full understanding of the role of plant volatiles in the interactions between plants and their environment can help to control pests and diseases. This knowledge could be then use to select or breed new varieties which will be more resistant to pests. It is also central to recognise how non-economically important plants, and the volatiles they emit, may play a role in the biodiversity and maintain habitat for useful insects for example.

The idea behind this summer school is to encourage the participants to think about the application of the Eurovol projects. One main topic will be the role of plant volatiles in agriculture.

It is vital for future scientists to understand the significance of their research and its application. Eurovol projects are dealing with plant volatiles at different levels, from molecular to ecological impact. The summer school is the occasion to bring together the different knowledge within the EuroVOL project.

We expect that the Les Diablerets meeting will inspire PhD students and Post-Doc and that they will leave highly motivated and full of good ideas for their projects, further enhancing the success of the Eurovol consortium.


Provisional program avaible here

Themes and Invited speakers :

Mechanisms of plant volatile production.

Natalia Dudareva: The biosynthesis of plant volatiles. Publication

Edward (Ted) Farmer: External and internal plant signals leading to plant volatile emissions. Publication


How to capture and detect plant volatiles.

Francesco Loreto: Plant volatiles in the atmosphere. Publication

Armin Hansel: Real-time detection. Publication 1 / Publication 2


Ecological implications of plant volatiles.

Florian Schiestl: Pollination. Publication

Marcel Dicke: Multitrophic interactions Publication


Application of plant volatiles in agriculture.

Mike Birkett: Attracting beneficial insects, while repelling pests. Publication 1 / Publication 2

Ted Turlings: Protecting roots by exploiting plant volatiles. Publication


Dr. Sandrine Gouinguené

Institute of Biology

Rue Emile-Argand 11

2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland

+41 32 718 25 04


General Information

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The Summer School will take place at the Eurotel Victoria, Les Diablerets, Switzerland, from September 9-12, 2013

Registration fees :

PhD students: Euros 60 / CHF 75

Post-Docs: Euros160 / CHF 200

Non EuroVOL, non-SPSW PhD students and, Post-Doc, master students: Euros 524/ CHF 640


Registration terms


Active participation required: Poster presentation of your project, reading of publications, group work during the summer school.

Credit Points: 2 ECTS.

How to reach Les Diablerets

By train:

From Geneva airport:

Change at Aigle to les Diablerets (time table)

From Zurich airport:

Change at Biel/Bienne and/or at Lausanne, then at Aigle toles Diablerets (time table)

From Basel airport:

Bus to Basel railway station, requires different changes of trains please check on  time table.

From Neuchâtel:

Change at Lausanne and at Aigle to Les Diablerets (time table).


By car:

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From Basel: map

From Neuchatel: map