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Trees: structure and function

This course begins with the students being introduced to a broad range of topics in multiple-uses, values and benefits of trees in urban and rural environments. The course covers a broad range of topics relevant to the use of trees in forestry. It presents the basic concepts and terminology describing the structure and functions of trees, the taxonomy, morphology and use of important broadleaf and conifer trees in forestry and urban settings in Scandinavia and northern Europe. The course also provides basic knowledge in anatomy and physiology of trees, development and growth of different organs and tissues, chemical energy cycles, mineral nutrition and soil properties, water relations and transport, microbial symbiosis, and effects of environmental stress and silvicultural measures on tree growth. Tree species silviculture relevant for sustainable planning and management of trees in urban and rural forested settings is also covered. During the course special focus will also be given the writing process, aiming to support students in developing professional writing skills. In addition, basic statistics and biometrics will be trained.

The course contains lectures, laboratory and outdoor exercises and demonstrations, group and individual assignments (written and practical), discussions and seminars. Students will also participate in writing labs and receive individual instruction/feedback on writing assignments to progress writing skills.

Group work, oral and written presentations, and excursions are compulsory.

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Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: No The course is offered as a programme course: Forest and Landscape (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38060 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level (G1N)
Subject: Forestry Science Biology
Course code: BI1452 Application code: SLU-10119 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre Pace: 100%