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Floristics, entomology and field studies in arable land

The course gives basic knowledge about plants and insects, focusing on ecosystems in Central Sweden and the species composition of different habitats in this region.


I dagsläget är det oklart vilka restriktioner som kommer att gälla för undervisning under sommaren. Vi räknar med att kunna genomföra kursen i sin helhet, men utformningen kan komma att påverkas av restriktioner kopplade till pandemin. Detta innebär att vissa studiebesök och fältundervisningsmoment kan komma att ersättas med virtuella lösningar. I nuläget planeras dock en Skåneresa 28 juni-2 juli och diverse exkursioner omkring Uppsala samt examination den sista veckan. Vi kommer att uppdatera informationen rörande kursen utformning så snart vi får mer information om vilka regler och restriktioner som vi måste följa.

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Academic year 2020/2021

Floristics, entomology and field studies in arable land (BI1351-50069) 2021-06-07 - 2021-07-10

BI1351 Floristics, entomology and field studies in arable land, 7.5 Credits

Floristik, entomologi och fältstudier i åkermark

Syllabus approved



Biology Agricultural science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Floristics and entomology 4.50 1002
Field studies in arable land 3.00 1003

Advanced study in the main field

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

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

Knowledge equivalent to general entry requirements and Biology 2.


The course has three main objectives. First, to enable students to follow the development and interaction of crops, weeds and pests during the summer season. Second, to provide knowledge of some of the companies and organizations that are potential employers for the students. Finally, to learn to recognize the common plants and insects in nature.

The aim of the course is to learn to recognize the most common plants and insects in nature

After completing the course the student should be able to
- Describe the biological perquisites for the cultivation of commonly occurring crops.
- Account for cultivation measures during the summer
- Briefly describe the development of the crops.
- Identify and describe crop-limiting factors, such as attacks by pests and weed competition in field.
- The student should be able to discuss the need for control and appropriate control measures (screening).
- identify common wild plant species on the basis of their appearance, growth habit and environment.
- identify common wild insect species on the basis of their appearance, growth habit and environment


In the course section "field studies in arable land", the development of crops and attacks of weeds and pests are assessed. The assessment includes the need for control measures. The course section’s study trip also includes visits to, for example, consulting, machine and processing companies. The field studies, including the study trip are compulsory as well as a seminar assignment that concludes the course.

The floristic and entomology section starts with lectures and an overview of plant and insects systematics, appearance, and adaptation to the environment.

A significant part of the time in field is devoted to species identification, but also to exercises to identify plants and insects using identification literature.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved examination, active participation on compulsory subjects and approved written report from field studies and study visits.
  • 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
Cooperating departments:
Department of Soil and Environment
Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology
Department of Crop Production Ecology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Biology field: Övriga biologikurser
Replaces: BI1086, BI1319

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: No The course is offered as a programme course: Agriculture Programme - Soil/Plant Crop Production (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology Agricultural science
Course code: BI1351 Application code: SLU-50065 Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Ecology Pace: 100%