It is difficult to imagine humanity without food products, production of which is the second most profitable after commodity business. However, a third of all crop production in the world is lost due to plant diseases, pests and weeds. It causes great losses, and without plant protection, production of many crops is not possible at all. In addition, the demand of the modern consumer market for ecological food puts forward another task — the search for non-chemical plant protection products, which is a profitable business today. The globalization of world trade is impossible without a plant quarantine service that issues permits for import and export of crop products, as there is a constant danger of importing new types of pathogens, poor-quality food products that are dangerous to health. All these are components of the profession of an international-level specialist in plant protection.
The program includes the following courses: “Plant protection”; “Molecular basis of resistance”; “Molecular methods for identification of phytopathogens”; ” Experimental design in agronomy”.
Practical training takes place on the basis of the profile department of Agrarian and Technological Institute and partner organizations:
— Federal Center for Vegetable Growing,
— All-Russian Research Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants,
— Nemchinovka Federal Research Center,
— All-Russian Research Institute of Phytopathology,
— Russian Potato Research Center,
— All-Russian Plant Quarantine Center,
— various agricultural holdings.
A broad spectrum of jobs is open to the graduates. They are related to agricultural enterprises, representative offices of foreign agricultural firms; state administrative structures; agro-industrial complexes, agricultural firms; higher educational institutions; services for assessing agricultural raw materials; pesticide and agrochemical companies; research and production associations and research institutes; breeding stations; greenhouse industry; insurance companies.