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Tree biology, genetics and evolution

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.

Information from the course leader


Jag heter Rosario García Gil och jag blir din kurs handledare.

OBS! Kursintroduktion blir 27e oktober kl 9-11. Vi träffas i Björken.

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Additional course evaluations for BI1383

Academic year 2022/2023

Tree biology, genetics and evolution (BI1383-20054)

2022-11-01 - 2023-01-15

Academic year 2021/2022

Tree biology, genetics and evolution (BI1383-20027)

2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list


  1. Raven Biology of Plants

Author: Raven, Eichorn och Evert

ISBN: 9781464113512

Finns flera exemplar i Skogis biblioteket.

  1. Infectious Forest Diseases (laddas upp till Canvas som pdf)

Author: Paolo Gonthier, Giovanni Nicolotti

ISBN: 9781780640402


  1. Anatomy of Seed Plants

Author: Katherine Esau

ISBN: 978-0-471-24520-9

Icke obligatoriskt stöd litteratur till anatomi-delen av kursen.

  1. Genetic diversity och breeding

Forest Genetics Gösta Eriksson

Forest Genetics Thimothy White, 2007

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Forest Science (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level (G1N)
Subject: Biology Biology
Course code: BI1383 Application code: SLU-20151 Location: Umeå Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology Pace: 100%