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Plant protection and microbiology

The course is offered as independent course, for overview, see page in Swedish.

Additional course evaluations for BI1366

Academic year 2021/2022

Plant protection and microbiology (BI1366-40069) 2022-03-24 - 2022-06-05

Academic year 2020/2021

Plant protection and microbiology (BI1366-40056) 2021-03-24 - 2021-06-06

BI1366 Plant protection and microbiology, 15.0 Credits

Växtskydd och mikrobiologi

Syllabus approved



Biology Horticultural science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Microbiology 5.00 1002
Plant Protection 10.00 1003

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, at least 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G2F)

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 60 credits in biology or horticultural science of which at least 5 credits in plant protection.


The aim of the course is to obtain advanced knowledge within plant protection. Knowledge on how to interpret injuries on plants and how to plan and carry out actions against different types of pests are deepened during the course. Knowledge in general microbiology is included in the course, combined with deepened understanding of the importance of microorganisms for plants and as production organisms.

After completing the course, the student will be able to:

- describe systematics, biology, ecology and morphology within different groups of pests, beneficial organisms and other important microorganisms
- carry out appropriate microbiological diagnostic tests and analytical methods - diagnose injuries caused by different groups of pests
- explain differences between different plant protection strategies and describe how different cultivation techniques influence pests and weeds
- describe application methods and the environmental impact of chemical and biological pesticides.


The course includes arthropods (insects, arachnids), nematodes, fungi, oomycetes, bacteria, viruses and weeds in horticulture based on:

- organisms biology, ecology, morphology and fields of use
- diagnostic and analytical methods
- source of infection and the infection process
- the impact of parasitic fungi on plants
- disease development and the defence system of plants
- interactions between insects, plants and microorganisms, focused on both negative and positive aspects
- resistance mechanisms of plants and pests
- integrated plant protection
- forecasting methods and population dynamics
- biological and chemical plant protection strategies, with GMO
- plant protection and application techniques
- impact on environment and health
- consulting and communication of plant protection and microbiology.

Scheduled laboratory sessions, exercises, seminars and study visits are compulsory.

Formats and requirements for examination

The examination consists of written assignments, laboratory reports and written examination in plant protection. To pass the course, approved participation in compulsory components and approved examination are required.
  • 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

Students who have passed the course Plant Protection Basics fulfill the prior knowledge demand of 5 credits in plant protection.

The course gives a possibility to obtain certificate for the use of plant protection media in professional crop production.

Responsible department

Department of Plant Protection Biology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Replaces: BI0926, BI0898, BI1261
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Horticultural Management - Gardening and Horticultural Production, Bachelor´s Programme Syllabus for Horticultural Management – Gardening and Horticultural Production (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology Horticultural science
Course code: BI1366 Application code: SLU-40145 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Plant Protection Biology Pace: 100%