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Tree biology, genetics and evolution

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BI1383 Tree biology, genetics and evolution, 15.0 Credits

Trädbiologi, genetik och evolution



Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Project work +Logbook 2.0 0102
Peesentation 2.0 0103
Practical exam wood science +atomy 2.0 0104
Written Exam 9.0 0105

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

General entry requirements for first-cycle studies and

- Biology 2, or Biology B

- Chemistry 2, or Chemistry B

or equivalent knowledge


The course provides basic knowledge about the evolution, genetics and biology of trees, as well as their properties and role in both natural and sustainably managed forest ecosystems. The role of trees in forest carbon balance will be analysed in case studies.

After completed course the students should be able to

- describe connections between biological tree processes and forest carbon balance

- describe the life and growth of trees from the perspective of physiology and environmental factors such abiotic and biotic stress

- clarify wood structure and function, and the process of wood formation

- clarify differences in wood anatomy and wood properties in the most important forestry species

- describe genetic inheritance, the basis of genetic variation and its use in tree breeding

- account for the connection between selection and evolution, differences in species evolution, evolutionary limits and solve simple evolutionary problems

- describe main differences and similarities between plant, fungi and animal kingdoms, and show general understanding of their evolutionary relationships

- account for principles in scientific knowledge development and scientific writing.


Course content provides knowledge of tree biology, and tree properties and role in forest ecosystems and forest health on several different levels: molecular, physiological, and ecological. Content builds on understanding of main differences and similarities between plant, fungi and animal kingdoms, which are introduced at the beginning of the course. Course content covers the biological basis of tree genetics, wood formation, photosynthesis, water transport and nutrient uptake, and how these steer the sustainable use of forests by humans and other organisms.

Implementation of the course builds on lectures, exercises, excursions, study visits, independent study of course literature, group studies of scientific literature, and writing of reports. Excursions and study visits are mandatory parts of the course.

Formats and requirements for examination

Pass of written exam, approved written exercises, and completed mandatory parts.
  • 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 Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology

Cooperating departments:

Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Biology field: Övriga biologikurser
Replaces: SG0223 Ekologi och Trädbiologi

Grading criteria

There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Litterature list

  1. Raven Biology of Plants Författare: Raven, Eichorn och Evert ISBN: 9781464113512 Kommentar: Finns flera exemplar i Skogis biblioteket.

Det finns också en 2018 uplaga (ISBN 9781319156268) som rekommenderas om någon vill köpa en egen kopia.

  1. Infectious Forest Diseases Författare: Paolo Gonthier, Giovanni Nicolotti ISBN: 9781780640402 1) Anatomy of Seed Plants Författare: Katherine Esau ISBN: 978-0-471-24520-9 Kommentar: Icke obligatoriskt stöd litteratur till anatomi-delen av kursen.

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1383 Application code: SLU-20027 Location: Umeå Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology Pace: 100%