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Mycological knowledge - Introduction to Mycology

Now it is possible to study mycology at SLU in Uppsala. We provide an introductory course and an advanced course for those who know some about fungi and mushrooms and want to learn more about their biology, ecology and taxonomy, learn to recognize the most common fungi and learn more about the importance of fungi for the ecosystems and for humans.
The courses are given in Swedish and are aimed at you who are student interested in fungi, or those who want to become a mushroom consultant (svampkonsulent) or work or want to work with fungi in your profession, for example within nature conservation. The courses are a development of the successful mycology courses that Elisabeth Bååth organized at Umeå University in 1993-2012. Svampkonsulenternas Riksförbund is participating as teachers in the courses.

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BI1297-50011 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for BI1297

Academic year 2019/2020

Mycological knowledge - Introduction to Mycology (BI1297-50001) 2020-06-08 - 2020-08-31

Academic year 2018/2019

Mycological knowledge - Introduction to Mycology (BI1297-50006) 2019-06-10 - 2019-09-01

Academic year 2017/2018

Mycological knowledge - Introduction to Mycology (BI1297-50050) 2018-06-04 - 2018-09-09

BI1297 Mycological knowledge - Introduction to Mycology, 7.5 Credits

Svampkunskap - en introduktion till mykologi

Syllabus approved




Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Individual exercises 2.50 1002
Species knowledge 2.50 1003
Final exam 2.50 1004

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(G1N)

Grading scale

Pass / Failed 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

Basic eligibility for higher education.


The course is an orientation course in mycology aimed at giving the student a basic knowledge of mushrooms and their biology and ecological roles.

After completing the course, the student should be able to:
- outline the basic biology and systematics of fungi.
- be able to assign mushrooms into different taxonomic groups, as well as recognize a number of common mushrooms, including edible and poisonous mushrooms.
- Describe the ecological roles of fungi.
- Discuss different ecosystems role for the life of mushrooms.
- explain the impact of fungi on our everyday lives.


The course is an orientation that provides species knowledge and an introduction to the biology and ecological roles of fungi. Central to the course are mushrooms, such as edible and poisonous mushrooms, their identification, taxonomy and systematics. The course briefly covers the use of fungi in our everyday lives.

The course is a distance course and the teaching is conducted in the form of online lectures, excursions and project work. Exams, project work and seminars are mandatory.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written exam, approved oral and written presentations of seminars and individual work as well as participation in compulsory subjects.
  • 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.

Additional information

The course is given as a distance course, but it includes about one week’s excursion and exercises at and near the Ultuna campus, which may involve some travel expenses for the student.
SLU is environmentally certified according to ISO 14001. A large part of our courses
cover knowledge and skills that contribute positively to the environment. To further
strengthen this, we have specific environmental goals for the education. Students are
welcome to suggest actions regarding the course’s content and implementation that lead
to improvements for the environment. For more information, see webpage

Responsible department

Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)


På kursen ges bara godkänt eller underkänt.

För godkänd kurs krävs

  • Närvaro på de båda kursträffarna
  • Godkänt eget arbete och opponering (skriftligt och muntlig presentation)
  • Godkänd hemtentamen (fodras 60%)
  • Godkänt artprov (fodras 80% av arterna rätt identifierade och samtliga giftsvampar korrekt identifierade)

Meddela kursledningen i god tid om du av någon anledning är förhindrad från att delta i obligatoriska kursmoment eller blir förhindrad från att lämna in obligatoriska uppgifter i tid. Om det finns särskilda skäl kan kompletterande uppgifter ersätta obligatoriska moment. Om du nästan klarar artprovet och inte kommer upp i 80% rätt eller missar någon giftsvamp, får du göra en kompletterande skriftlig uppgift för att bli godkänd. Vid lägre än 60% korrekt identifierade får du återkomma och göra om artprovet nästa år.

1) Svampar i Sverige
Author: Bo Mossberg, Mats Karström, Sven Nilsson & Olle Persson
ISBN: 2013. Bonnier Fakta. ISBN 9789174240580
Comments: Mycket bra svampbok med ett bra introduktionskapitel.
2) Nya svampboken
Author: Pelle Holmberg och Hans Marklund
ISBN: 9789113066608
Comments: Standardverk för matsvampar och deras förväxlingssvampar.
3) Giftsvampar och svampgifter
Author: Pelle Holmberg, Hans Persson, Hans Marklund, Siw Muskos
ISBN: 1990. Utbildningsförlaget Brevskolan.
Comments: Utgången. Tillhandahålls genom kursen
4) Another Kingdom – the Amazing World of Fungi
Author: Lynne Boddy och Max Coleman (ed).
ISBN: 2010. Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh
Comments: Utmärkt modern mykologisk översiktsbok. På engelska. Kan köpas vid kurstart genom kursen (160 kr).

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1297 Application code: SLU-50011 Location: Independent courses Distance course: Yes Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology Pace: 50%