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Microbial Horticulture

Microbes in horticultural value networks are traditionally linked to two major domains, the environment and food. This course takes care of this fact in the 11 modules. Each module consists of class room lectures and exercises. Excursions occur in some of them.

In contrast to other courses in microbiology on an advanced level, this course is eligible also to students who have not enrolled into basic microbiology classes during BSc studies. To merge students with and without pre-knowledge in microbiology, the first week will entail propedeutics, for the newcomers to get set and for the ones with pre-knowledge to have some repetition. This course is given as a 100% course and the team of course teachers and instructors are expecting that course literature and the lab manual is read as a preparation to lectures and exercises. Supporting study material, e.g., video clips, presentations, are therefore found on this course homepage. We therefore also offer quizzes to some of the lectures before the lecture takes place; some of these are graded, others are pass/fail.

Additional course evaluations for BI1368

Academic year 2020/2021

Microbial Horticulture (BI1368-30152) 2021-01-18 - 2021-03-23

BI1368 Microbial Horticulture, 15.0 Credits

Mikrobiell hortikultur

Syllabus approved



Biology Horticultural science

Education cycle

Second cycle

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

Knowledge equivalent to 120 credits, including 60 credits in Natural Science and English 6.


The aim of the course is to give knowledge and understanding of microbiology in horticulture in its broadest sense where theory, laboratory work and industrial applications are combined.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- use the terminology linked to horticultural value networks and microbiology.
- describe and evaluate presence and importance as well as potential for microorganisms in horticultural value networks and products and to be able to predict consequences and present the conclusions in a scientific and critically reflecting way.
- predict and identify microbial risks and describe methods to solve microbial problems and processes in horticultural value networks.
- evaluate and discuss laboratory results using different tools and techniques and be able to translate them it into practice.


The course consists of lectures, seminars, excursions and practicals. The course covers microbial aspects of horticultural production, products, processing and logistics.
The course includes:
- Microorganisms in relation to horticultural production systems and products, with focus on
- Soil, substrates, plant material and fungi
- Plant establishment
- Crop production practise
- Harvest and storage
- Processing
- Packaging and logistics
- Consumer expectations on quality of horticultural products from a microbiology perspective (laws and regulations).
- Microbial solutions to sustainable production and living environments.
- Descriptions, analysis and evaluation of microorganisms, microbial society structures and processes in horticultural production chains, products and horticultural living environments.
- Microbiology based strategies for a sustainable horticulture.
- Risk elimination, risk analysis and risk assessment.

Scheduled exercises, seminars and study visits are compulsory.

Formats and requirements for examination

To pass the course, passed written and oral assignments as well as participation in the compulsory activities 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.

Responsible department

Department of Biosystems and Technology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Biology field: Mikrobiologi
Replaces: BI1310
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 Science - Master´s Programme Horticultural Science Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Second cycle
Subject: Biology Horticultural science
Course code: BI1368 Application code: SLU-30122 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Biosystems and Technology Pace: 100%