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Cryptogams and Nature Conservation

The course Cryptogams and Nature Conservation supplies qualified knowledge on how, when and why cryptogams are used in nature conservation and environmental monitoring in Sweden. Insight into research on cryptogams in nature conservation is provided. The course acknowledges both ecological theory and practical issues but the focus is on applied ecological aspects related to management and land use where cryptogams represent objects of conservation. Methods used in cryptogam research and management are explained and the student practises in the field on several occasions. Planning, performance and evaluation of cryptogam inventories are discussed and tested. Cryptogams and Nature Conservation is given by the Department of Ecology at SLU, Uppsala and comprises lectures, group projects, field practice, excursions and literature studies. The course is unique within the NL-faculty in focusing Cryptogams and their management.

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The course evaluation is open between 2021-03-16 and 2021-04-06

Additional course evaluations for BI1321

Academic year 2019/2020

Cryptogams and Nature Conservation (BI1321-10087) 2019-09-02 - 2020-03-24

Academic year 2018/2019

Cryptogams and Nature Conservation (BI1321-10101) 2018-09-03 - 2019-03-25

BI1321 Cryptogams and Nature Conservation, 15.0 Credits

Kryptogamer och naturvård

Syllabus approved




Education cycle

Second cycle


Title Credits Code
Theory and litterature 10.00 1002
Project 5.00 1003

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

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


Having completed the course the student should be able to:
- describe and explain how cryptogams (fungi, lichens and bryophytes) are used in nature conservation and environmental monitoring;
- describe and explain how cryptogams are affected by agriculture and forestry as well as by various environmental changes as e.g. climate change;
- identify indicator species and red-listed cryptogam species;
- plan, perform and evaluate cryptogam inventories.


At lectures information is given about:
- unique features of cryptogams (lichens, bryophytes, fungi) in comparison to other organism groups;
- external factors affecting cryptogams and potential threats to them,
- cryptogams as indicators of areas with high nature values;
- cryptogams as tools in environmental monitoring;
- the importance of land use to the occurrence of species and habitats;
- methods of documenting the cryptogam flora and the occurrence of individual species within an area;
- management and restoration of cryptogam habitats;
- establishment of reserves and other protective measures.
Identification of mainly indicator species and red-listed species is practised at exercises. Species and vegetation types are studied during field work and excursions, which are compulsory. Advancement in selected parts of the course’s topic is in the form of a compulsory project work.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written or oral examination, approved oral and written presentation of projects as well as participation in compulsory parts of the course.
  • 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 Ecology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Biology field: Botanik (växtbiologi)
Replaces: Bi1217

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Second cycle
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1321 Application code: SLU-10291 Location: Uppsala Distance course: Yes Language: English Responsible department: Department of Ecology Pace: 45%