qPCR Experience® workshop: Real-time PCR in Plant pathology: Diagnostics and Research, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 3rd - 6th December 2013

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We hosted participants from Austria, Finland, France, Great Britain, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Montenegro and Slovenia.


Information about the coming qPCR Experience workshops in 2014 are available HERE.

The hands-on 4-day qPCR Experience® workshop: Real-time PCR in Plant pathology: Diagnostics and Reseach  focused on diagnostics of plant pathogenic microorganisms and basics of relative quantification using real-time PCR integrating EPPO Guidelines.

Workshop was organised by BioSistemika, National Institute of Biology (NIB) and BICOPOLL project in frame of the European Research Area Network Core Organic II.


Summary of the workshop:

Duration: 4 days
Language: English

Workshop was FULLY BOOKED

Practical sessions:
 Extensive practical sessions were held in ISO 9001 and ISO 17025 accredited laboratories of National Institute of Biology in Ljubljana which include state-of-the-art qPCR centre. 

Workshop covered: review of qPCR theory, LAMP technology, practical guidance on plant sample preparation, qPCR experiment setup, quality control, assay design, validation of diagnostic qPCR methods according to EPPO guidelines, as well as hands-on lab and data analysis sessions

qPCR Instructors and Plant Pathology Specialists: 

Dr. Tanja Dreo*, Uni. Prof. Dr. Maja Ravnikar*, MSc. Nataša Mehle*, Dr. Manca Pirc*, Dr. Urška Čepin, Dr. Polona Kogovšek*, Dr. Matjaž Hren
* Plant pathology specialists from the Department of Biotechnology and Systems Biology at National Institute of Biology.

Guest lecturers:

Françoise Petter, assistant director at EPPO (European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation) will share a talk on EPPO activities and support for Quality Assurance, in relation to activities diagnostic laboratories need to undertake in order to validate methods and obtain accreditation.

Dr. Sebastian Kiewnick, heads the National Competence Centre for Nematology at Agroscope (Agroscope Changins-Waedenswil, ACW, Switzerland).  The research of Agroscope is aimed at providing safe and flavoursome food, a healthy environment and an innovative and competitive agriculture.