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Internship of PhD student Karolina Verikaitė at Arhus University

Internship of PhD student Karolina Verikaitė at Arhus University

September 28 – October 29.  Karolina Verikaitė, a PhD student of LAMMC Institute of Agriculture, Department of Plant Pathology and Protection, had an internship at the Department of Agroecology in Aarhus University, Denmark. During the internship the student was supervised by Dr. Thies Marten Heick and research related to doctoral studies was carried out (dissertation topic “Zymoseptoria tritici spread, pathogenicity and damage to winter wheat”).

The aim of the internship was to master methods used to determine the sensitivity of the fungus Z. tritici to fungicides and the frequency of mutations that determine it. Isolates of the Z. tritici were isolated from leaf samples imported from Lithuania, and in vitro tests on the sensitivity of Z. tritici to fungicides were performed. The doctoral student also delved into the determination of the frequency of mutations leading to fungicide resistance in the Z. tritici population using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and real-time PCR analyses.

The collaboration will continue with the preparation of an article on the research topic.

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