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Host Plant Resistance Breeding as a part of Integrated Pest Management

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BI1400 Host Plant Resistance Breeding as a part of Integrated Pest Management, 3.0 Credits

Värdresistens som en del av integrerat växtskydd

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Biology Agricultural science

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

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

The equivalent of 120 credits including 30 credits in Biology or 30 credits in Horticultural Science or 30 credits in Agricultural Science or 30 credits in Forest Science, and English 6 or similar.


The aim of the summer course is to show that plant breeding and plant health go hand in hand and that a broad approach within plant science is needed to improve plant health. In addition, we want to highlight that more research is needed for agriculture and forestry to become more sustainable and help reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set in Agenda 2030.

After completing the course, the student shall be able to:
- explain the connection between resistance breeding and plant health
- describe some methods related to resistance breeding of crop plants
- have insight on the need of collaboration and communication between the society, academia, and breeding and protection companies in order to reach UN Sustainable Development Goals


Techniques related to plant breeding and protection such as gene pyramiding, genomic selection, genetic modification, genome editing, and application of biologicals will be taken up, together with concepts of multivariate and intercropping systems in an agro-ecological perspective. The importance of readily available genetic materials in biobanks and legislation as well as public perception and acceptance of innovations will be discussed. As part of the course there will be a case study-based exercise where the students will identify synergies and conflicts between UN Sustainable Development Goals in relation to different plant protection strategies employed.

The course will contain a mixture of lectures, study visits and a group case study including literature study. New pedagogical tools to teach plant biology will be applied in line with Erasmus+ ESCAPAdE objectives ( These will be worked out together with teachers at the universities in ESCAPAdE.

Experts in their field will be teaching the course. A study visit will be to the SLU Biotron where plant phenotyping can be performed for both plant breeding and protection research. A study visit to Nordic Genetic Resource Center as well as to a plant protection and breeding company or similar in Scania in southern Sweden will be included.

Participation in lectures, study visits and case study work are obligatory.

Formats and requirements for examination

To pass the course, participation in mandatory elements, approved written logbook based on the different parts of the course including a reflection on the pedagogical tools used, and approved oral presentation of the case study 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

The course is planned as a campus course 17-21 August, 2021, with following home assignments to be completed by the 27th of August 2021. Students can join the job fair organized the 23-24 August. In case of covid-19 restrictions, the course can be given remotely. The course is part of Erasmus+ ESCAPAdE . In addition to formal prior knowledge requirements, students are recommended to have basic knowledge in genetics and plant protection. Application to the course must be done via

Responsible department

Department of Plant Breeding
Cooperating departments:
Department of Plant Protection Biology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Biology field: Genetik
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 7610 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Biology Agricultural science
Course code: BI1400 Application code: SLU-50090 Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Plant Breeding Pace: 100%