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Academic year 2020/2021

Botany and Plant Physiology (BI1359-40030)

2021-05-03 - 2021-06-06


BI1359 Botany and Plant Physiology, 7.5 Credits

Botanik och växtfysiologi


Landscape Architecture Biology

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
spring plant knowledge 1.5 0102
plant physiology 4.0 0103
weed management 2.0 0104

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements(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

The equivalent to field-specific entry requirements A14 (the exception Social Studies 1a2) that include:

- Mathematics 2a or Mathematics 2b or Mathematics 2c

- Science Studies 2

- Social Studies 1b or Social Studies 1a1


The aim of the course is to provide the student with basic knowledge of plants, their structure and function, as well as the use of plant material and plant management.

The student should be able to:

- Discuss about how plants are affected by external factors by giving an overview of important physiological functions in the plant as well as the plant’s basic internal structure.

- Identify a basic range of wild and cultivated plants relevant for use under different environmental conditions and life stages and describe their use.

- Identify the most common weeds under different environmental conditions and life stages in horticultural environments and give an account of their control.


The course focus on basic knowledge of plants, their external and internal structure, physiological functions and on the identification of wild and cultivated plant species. The course also contains elements that deal with the use of plant material and maintenance of landscape and horticultural plantings. The course is divided into three main parts: Spring plant knowledge, Plant physiology and Weed knowledge.

Spring plant knowledge focus on identification, uses, trade qualities and plant experience values from a selected range of spring flowering plants. This section also deals with the planning, planting and maintenance of different types of spring flowering plantings. The teaching is based on lectures, demonstrations and exercises.

Plant physiology includes: 1. the plant’s internal structures and structure (anatomy), 2. the plant’s water and nutrient uptake, 3. the photosynthesis, 4. the plant’s hormone system, 5. the development of plants. The focus will be on understanding how the plant is affected by various external factors. The teaching is based on lectures, group discussions and exercises. The course also includes a cultivation lab.

Weed knowledge focuses on the identification and control of weeds in horticultural environments. The teaching is based on field teaching with exercises and lectures.

Scheduled reports, exercises and group discussions are mandatory.

Formats and requirements for examination

To achieve credit for the course, students must have participated in compulsory course components and achieved a pass grade in the exam.
  • 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 compulsory within the Landscape Engineer Programme.

Responsible department

Department of Plant Breeding

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Biology field: Botanik (växtbiologi)
Replaces: BI1304

Grading criteria

There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Litterature list

  1. Ogräskursen med fördjupning (Elektronisk publikation) Författare: Fogelfors, H. & Stendahl, F. [Ogräskursen med fördjupning (Elektronisk publikation)] (<>) Kommentar: Ogräsrådgivaren, Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet, Uppsala
  2. Science and the Garden (2016). Chapter 2, The Plant Body: Structure and Function Författare: Ingram D.S., Vince-Prue D., Gregory P.J. ISBN: 9781118778432 Kommentar: Wiley Blackwell. Third edition. Tillgänglig online i SLU-biblioteket och hela boken går också att köpa i pappersformat. Det finns olika sätt att läsa boken. Man kan antingen välja Read online, då krävs vpn för åtkomst. Det går också att ladda ner boken. Då krävs (förutom vpn) konto i Ebook central (När man trycker på download book poppar det upp ett fönster där man kan skapa konto) + tex adobe digital editions om man gör det på datorn. Här finns mer info om hur man hittar e-böcker och hur det funkar om man vill ladda ner boken

  3. Utdrag från litteratur. Tillgängliga via Canvas vid kursstart. Kommentar: Utdrag från Lökar & Knölar av Hansson och Hansson; Utdrag från Geofyter av Wahlsteen och Lorentzon; Vårlökar – GRÖNA FAKTA 5/2006 av Wembling och Lorentzon

Course facts

Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Landscape Architecture Biology
Course code: BI1359 Application code: SLU-40143 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Plant Breeding Pace: 100%