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Practical plant protection in parks and green environments

BI1424 Practical plant protection in parks and green environments, 7.5 Credits

Praktiskt växtskydd i park/gröna miljöer

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Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Advanced study in the main field

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

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 30 credits in biology or 30 credits in horticultural science or 30 credits in landscape architecture.


The aim of the course is to provide theoretical and practical knowledge for professional work with plant protection in parks and other green environments. Knowledge is built up on pests and plant pathogens, invasive species, the concept of integrated plant protection, plant protection measures (chemical and non-chemical), biological control and other methods such as technology used in plant protection. The focus is on public green environments such as parks or botanical gardens.

After completing the course, participants should:

- have knowledge about selected plant damages, pests, invasive species, plant pathogens and beneficial organisms found in parks and other green environments.
- be able to describe different ways of assessing and managing plant pests / pathogens or invasive species.
- have knowledge of integrated plant protection and preventive measures.
- have knowledge of regulations, application methods and environmental impact of chemical and non-chemical plant protection products or agents.


The course focuses on practical plant protection based on a conceptual theoretical perspective, and addresses regulatory aspects, pathogens and pests, invasive species, identification and diagnostic methods, monitoring and other measures for prevention of plant protection problems, risk assessment and measures after detection of pests, diseases or plant damage, use of plant protection products, application methods and technology. Green environments to be discussed are city parks, botanical gardens, castle parks, cemeteries and other public green areas.

Information is provided through course literature and digital teaching materials, lectures, excursions, and practical exercises. During the course, a scenario-based exercise is planned that addresses a plant protection problem and possible solutions in reality. The course can partly be followed electronically, but some compulsory activities are planned with physical meetings.

Formats and requirements for examination

For passing the course active participation in mandatory parts such as exercises and excursions, is required. The examination consists of written and oral presentation of a scenario-based exercise.

  • 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 a freestanding, distance-based course with some physical meetings in southern Sweden that may cause certain costs for travel and accommodation. For the distance moments, you need access to a computer with an internet connection of 2.0 Mbit/s or higher in both directions, an USB headset with a microphone and a webcamera. Fixed connection is preferable.
Course language is Swedish but parts of the course may be given in English.
The course is given half-time during the summer. The course is divided into two parts with a 4 week summer break between part 1 and 2. During the first part of the course the emphasis is in building up knowledge for the scenario-based learning activity performed in the second part of the course.

Responsible department

Department of Plant Protection Biology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Biology field: Övriga biologikurser
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: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1424 Application code: SLU-50092 Location: Alnarp Distance course: Yes Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Plant Protection Biology Pace: 60%