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Plant pathology

The course provides the students with in-depth knowledge of the key principles and biological processes governing disease development in plants, with a unique perspective on the interactions between plants and pathogens on a variety of integration levels (i.e: from the subcellular to the population scale). Based on a balanced and diversified combination of lectures, theoretical exercises, field work, and laboratory practicals, the students will acquire important knowledge, skills, and tools they can utilize in the field of plant pathology. Bi1044 is an advanced course at the forefront of research in plant pathology that addresses future challenges at the basic, translational, and applied levels. This course is designed for advanced, career-oriented students (academia, industry, government) with a special interest in plant diseases and plant protection.

Additional course evaluations for BI1044

Academic year 2021/2022

Plant pathology (BI1044-10308) 2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2021/2022

Plant pathology (BI1044-M1308) 2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2020/2021

Plant pathology (BI1044-10301) 2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

Academic year 2019/2020

Plant pathology (BI1044-10296) 2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

Academic year 2018/2019

Plant pathology (BI1044-10140) 2018-09-03 - 2018-11-05

Academic year 2017/2018

Plant pathology (BI1044-10001) 2017-08-28 - 2017-10-30

Academic year 2016/2017

Plant pathology (BI1044-10034) 2016-08-29 - 2016-10-31

Academic year 2015/2016

Plant pathology (BI1044-10031) 2015-08-31 - 2015-10-30

Academic year 2014/2015

Plant pathology (BI1044-10148) 2014-09-01 - 2014-11-09

Academic year 2013/2014

Plant pathology (BI1044-10109) 2013-09-02 - 2013-11-10

Academic year 2012/2013

Plant pathology (BI1044-10136) 2012-09-03 - 2012-11-11

Academic year 2011/2012

Plant pathology (BI1044-10103) 2011-08-29 - 2011-11-06

Academic year 2010/2011

Plant pathology (BI1044-10301) 2010-08-30 - 2010-11-07

Academic year 2009/2010

Plant pathology (BI1044-10280) 2009-08-31 - 2009-11-04

BI1044 Plant pathology, 15.0 Credits


Syllabus approved




Education cycle

Master’s level


Title Credits Code
Poster presentation and report 3.00 1002
written proceedings 4.50 1003
Oral examination 7.50 1004

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

English B applies from the academic year 2009/10.

The equivalent of 180 credits including 90 credits in Biology. English skills equivalent to English B from upper secondary school.

As an alternative to the above: Equivalent to 120 credits including 60 credits in Biology of which at least 5 credits each of plant physiology, microbiology, and floristic and faunistic are part of the 60 credits. English skills equivalent to English 6 from upper secondary school.


After completion of the course the students should be able to:
- comprehensively describe and compare the organisms that cause disease on plants (including their biology and taxonomic relationships)
- explain the ecological basis for studying plant diseases
- explain the interactions between plants, plant pathogens and their environment on a variety of integration levels from cells to communities.
- analyse the development of plant diseases using population dynamics and epidemiological principles, correlate this development to different regulating factors such as climate, cultural techniques and other organisms in the agricultural or production landscape, and apply this information to reduce damage to crops and plants in different systems.
- search for and evaluate information within the subject area and to present this information both in written and oral form.


The course covers fungi, bacteria, virus, and nematodes (and other plant disease causing entities) as organisms and their interactions with plants. This includes:
- Definition of terms and concepts in plant pathology
- Identification of diseases as well as diagnosis of damage
- Identification of pathogens
- Interactions between plants and pathogens – infection processes, signaling, defense, biological interactions
- Population dynamics, epidemiology, and forecasting
- Loss due to diseases—quality, food safety aspects (mycotoxins), quantitative losses, post-harvest losses, economical aspects of plant disease.
- Life cycles/disease cycles and environmental requirements in relation to interactions between plants and their pathogens.
- Ecological principles of disease control
- Management strategies for control of diseases
- Different aspects of disease control such as ecological principles, management strategies, (including cultural practices, host plant resistance, and use of pesticides) and legislation.
- Physiological damage and nutritional deficiencies
- Evolutionary processes in plant pathosystems
- Diseases in natural pathosystems
- Nature conservation, legislation, and international aspects.
Literature searching, oral and written presentations, and problem solving serve as an introduction to the masters programme in Plant biology.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved oral or written examination and approved laboratory and exercise reports. Participation in compulsory elements.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Responsible department

Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology
Cooperating departments:
Department of Plant Biology

Further information

Determined by: Utbildningsutskottet för ekologi, mark och miljö
Biology field: Ekologi
Replaces: BI0990
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Agriculture Programme - Soil/Plant (270hec) Agriculture Programme (admission before 1 July 2007) Plant Biology - Master´s Programme Plant Biology for Sustainable Production - Master´s programme Agriculture Programme - Soil/Plant Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1044 Application code: SLU-10090 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology Pace: 100%