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Floristics, entomology and field studies in arable land

The course gives basic knowledge about plants and insects, focusing on ecosystems in Central Sweden and the species composition of different habitats in this region.

BI1426 Floristics, entomology and field studies in arable land, 7.5 Credits

Floristik, entomologi och fältstudier i åkermark

Syllabus approved



Biology Agricultural science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Floristics and entomology 4.50 1002
Field studies in arable land 3.00 1003

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(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

Knowledge equivalent to general entry requirements and Biology 2.


The course has three main objectives. First, to learn to recognize common plants and insects in nature. Second, to briefly understand how knowledge about floristics and entomology can be integrated in crop production and to enable students to follow the development and interaction of crops, weeds and pests during the summer season. Finally, to provide knowledge of some of the companies and organizations that are potential employers for the students.

After completing the course the student should be able to:
- Identify common wild plant species on the basis of their appearance, growth habit and environment.
- Identify common wild insect species on the basis of their appearance, growth habit and environment.
- Briefly describe the conditions of crop production in Sweden.
- Identify and describe some yield-limiting factors among commonly occurring crops, such as attacks by pests and weed competition.
- Discuss pest regulation from a crop- and cropping system perspective.
- Briefly describe how crop production is linked to companies and organizations within the agricultural sector and reflect on different professional roles linked to crop production and agriculture.


Floristics and entomology

This section starts with lectures and an overview of plant and insects systematics, appearance, and adaptation to the environment. A significant part of the time in field is devoted to species identification, but also to exercises to identify plants and insects using identification literature. Identifying species from insect collections or preserved material is a part of the course.

Field studies in arable land

In this section field studies are made to study the development and vitality of crops. During these visits we discuss what factors that influence crops and practices to improve yields, as well as trade-offs the farmer must do. We also visit companies and organizations to discuss professional roles, business ideas and links to primary production. A study trip is a central part but study visits and field exercises are also made in Uppsala. Field studies, study visits and the study trip are compulsory.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved examination, active participation on compulsory subjects and approved written reports and oral presentations, individually or in group.
  • 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 include a study trip and some costs for this will be added, further information will be announced on the course webpage.

Responsible department

Department of Ecology
Cooperating departments:
Department of Crop Production Ecology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Biology field: Övriga biologikurser
Replaces: BI1086, BI1319
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: No The course is offered as a programme course: Agriculture Programme - Soil/Plant Crop Production (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology Agricultural science
Course code: BI1426 Application code: SLU-50094 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Ecology Pace: 100%