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Mycological knowledge - advanced basic course in mycology

Now it is possible to study mycology at SLU in Uppsala. We provide an introductory course and an advanced course for those who know some about fungi and mushrooms and want to learn more about their biology, ecology and taxonomy, learn to recognize the most common fungi and learn more about the importance of fungi for the ecosystems and for humans.
The courses are given in Swedish and are aimed at you who are student interested in fungi, or those who want to become a mushroom consultant (svampkonsulent) or work or want to work with fungi in your profession, for example within nature conservation. The courses are a development of the successful mycology courses that Elisabeth Bååth organized at Umeå University in 1993-2012. Svampkonsulenternas Riksförbund is participating as teachers in the courses.

Additional course evaluations for BI1381

Academic year 2021/2022

Mycological knowledge - advanced basic course in mycology (BI1381-10055) 2021-08-30 - 2022-01-16

BI1381 Mycological knowledge - advanced basic course in mycology, 7.5 Credits

Svampkunskap - fortsättningskurs i mykologi

Syllabus approved




Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
meetings for excursions and exercises 2.50 1002
Independent work 2.50 1003
Written examination 2.50 1004

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, less than 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G1F)

Grading scale

Pass / Failed 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

Basic eligibility for higher education and knowledge corresponding to

- 5 credits Mycology.

Alternatively knowledge corresponding to at least 30 credits in biology including

-7.5 credits microbiology,
-7.5 credits botany and
-15 credits ecology.


The course aims to provide an expanded knowledge of fungal biology and ecology. The course deals with modern systematics, phylogeny and identification techniques, as well as species knowledge. Central to the course are fungal adaptations and dynamics in ecosystems.

Upon completion of the course the student should be able to

- describe the species diversity of fungi and their function from an ecosystem perspective
- identify fungi using determination keys, be familiar with microscopy and DNA techniques for identification of fungi
- describe and discuss general principles for fungal life cycles
- explain fungi’s occurrences in different environments, adaptations and dynamics using theory and an understanding of the importance of different, biotic or abiotic, factors
- describe how fungi’s occurrences are affected by agriculture and forestry, including pathogenic fungi and fungi subjected to conservation efforts
- account for various fungal metabolites and discuss why they are produced and their mechanism of action.


The provide the student with broadened knowledge of the fungal kingdom, covering biology and ecology of fungi. The course provides expanded knowledge of systematics, phylogeny, modern identification techniques and the most important edible-, poison-, and confusion fungi. Fungal toxicology, microscopy techniques and current mycological research are covered during the course.

The course is given as a distance course. The teaching is conducted in the form of online lectures, excursions, project work. Exams, project work and seminars are mandatory.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written exam, approved oral and written presentations of seminars and individual work as well as participation in compulsory subjects.

  • 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 given as a distance course, but it includes about one week’s excursion and exercises at and near the Ultuna campus, which may involve some travel expenses for the student.

The prerequisite for at least 5 credits of mycology can be fulfilled through a mushroom consultant degree, or through e.g. the basic introductory courses in mycological knowledge at SLU or Kristianstad University or previous university courses in mycology at Umeå and Gothenburg University, or through the course cryptogams and nature conservation 15 credits at SLU.

SLU is environmentally certified according to ISO 14001. A large part of our courses cover knowledge and skills that contribute positively to the environment. To further strengthen this, we have specific environmental goals for the education. Students are welcome to suggest actions regarding the course’s content and implementation that lead to improvements for the environment. For more information, see webpage

Responsible department

Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Biology field: Mykologi
Replaces: BI1298


På kursen ges bara godkänt eller underkänt.

För godkänd kurs krävs

  • Närvaro på de två kursträffarna
  • Godkänt eget arbete och opponering (skriftligt och muntlig presentation)
  • Godkänd hemtentamen (fodras 60%)

Meddela kursledningen i god tid om du av någon anledning är förhindrad från att delta i obligatoriska kursmoment eller blir förhindrad från att lämna in obligatoriska uppgifter i tid. Om det finns särskilda skäl kan kompletterande uppgifter ersätta obligatoriska moment.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1381 Application code: SLU-10239 Location: Independent courses Distance course: Yes Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology Pace: 25%