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Mycological knowledge - Introduction to Mycology

This course is given in Swedish only. It is aimed for you being a little bit familiar with fungi, wanting to get an overview of fungal biology and ecology and to learn to recognize our more common species. We think the course is appropriate for you who have a general interest in fungi, for students or those of you having or want to have professions where fungal knowledge is useful, e.g. as a teacher, in nature conservation or to become a mushroom consultant (svampkonsulent).

The training includes that you will learn to recognize 200 food and poisonous fungi, become familiar with fungal systematics and how to identify fungi, the ecology of fungi and learn more about the importance of fungi for nature and us humans. The course has two compulsory meetings: a weekend in Uppsala in June and five days at Billingen in August.

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The course evaluation is open between 2022-08-21 and 2022-09-11

Additional course evaluations for BI1297

Academic year 2020/2021

Mycological knowledge - Introduction to Mycology (BI1297-50011)

2021-06-07 - 2021-08-29

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



Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Individual exercises 2.5 0102
Species knowledge 2.5 0103
Final exam 2.5 0104

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)

Grading criteria


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.

Litterature list

  1. Svampar i Sverige Författare: Bo Mossberg, Mats Karström, Sven Nilsson & Olle Persson ISBN: 2013. Bonnier Fakta. ISBN 9789174240580 Kommentar: Mycket bra svampbok med ett bra introduktionskapitel.
  2. Nya svampboken Författare: Pelle Holmberg och Hans Marklund ISBN: 9789113066608 Kommentar: Standardverk för matsvampar och deras förväxlingssvampar.
  3. Giftsvampar och svampgifter Författare: Pelle Holmberg, Hans Persson, Hans Marklund, Siw Muskos ISBN: 1990. Utbildningsförlaget Brevskolan. Kommentar: Utgången. Tillhandahålls genom kursen i samband med första kursträffen.
  4. Svamparnas förunderliga liv : vad en svampplockare behöver veta om underjorden Författare: Anders Dahlberg & Anna Froster ISBN: 978-91-27-16771-1, Natur och Kultur Kommentar: Populärvetenskaplig översikt, läs denna eller Merlin Sheldrakes "Ett sammanvävt liv".
  5. Ett sammanvävt liv : hur svamparna förenar vår värld, förändrar våra sinnen och formar vår framtid Författare: Merlin Sheldrake ISBN: 9789189043596, Volante Kommentar: Populärvetenskaplig översikt, läs denna eller Dahlberg & Frosters "Svamparnas förunderliga liv".

Course facts

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-50028 Location: Independent courses Distance course: Yes Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology Pace: 50%