Ecology and Management of Diseases and Pests of Forest Trees
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Welcome to the course!
All details of the course can be found within the online course site and syllabus. The flow of this online course uses a mix of self-work and real-time learning activities. This course will have different assignments, scheduled live sessions, text discussions as well as lectures and other course materials. Each student needs to manage their own time each week, to know when assignments are due, and any other weekly course obligations. This will involve regularly logging into the online learning platform, virtually interact with classmates, teachers, and course materials. The course uses the online learning platform Canvas. Real-time learning activities are organized using Zoom. A link to Canvas login is available on this webpage under Open my Canvas room.
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Additional course evaluations for SG0225
Academic year 2023/2024
2023-08-28 - 2023-10-30
Academic year 2021/2022
2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01
Academic year 2020/2021
2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01
Academic year 2019/2020
2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31
Academic year 2018/2019
2018-09-03 - 2018-11-11
Academic year 2018/2019
2018-09-03 - 2018-11-05
Syllabus and other information
SG0225 Ecology and Management of Diseases and Pests of Forest Trees, 15.0 CreditsSkogsträdens skadegörare: interaktioner, ekologi och skötsel
SubjectsBiology Forest Science
Education cycleMaster’s level
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Master’s level (A1N)
The grade requirements within the course grading system are set out in specific criteria. These criteria must be available by the course start at the latest.
Prior knowledgeKnowledge corresponding to 120 credits at basic level including at least
- 60 credits in Forest sciences including knowledge corresponding 5 credits in Forest Pathology or
- 60 credits in Biology including knowledge corresponding to 5 credits in Forest Pathology or
- 60 credits in Biology including knowledge corresponding to 5 credits in Plant Pathology
- English 6
This course aim to provide understanding and skills relating to the biology of insects and fungi and how insects and microorganisms interact with forest and trees. Emphasis is on species which affect trees and forest ecosystems with a high impact on forest economy and environment.
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
identify and account for the common pathogenic fungi and insect pests, and their impact, in Northern Europe and some of the most important pests and pathogens to trees worldwide
estimate the risk for outbreak of diseases and pests.
analyze and propose methods to counteract disease or pest outbreak.
analyze important pathways for introduction of pests and diseases.
discuss the impact of environmental changes and stress on important pest and pathosystems
discuss the importance of management strategies that minimize the impact of forest pests and pathogens for sustainability in forestry.
synthesize recent research findings from the area, in both oral and written presentations.
The course focuses on the ecology of pathogens and pests and damage to trees and forest ecosystems caused by forest pathogens and pests. The aim of the course is that the student should be able to identify and choose forest management measures that reduce damage to trees and ecosystems. The course covers common forest pathogens and pests in the Nordic countries and globally, but also principles for population dynamics and factors of significance for pathogenicity and aggressiveness, such as climate impact and how introduced organisms can affect the stability of forest ecosystems.
The course also deals with research and key methods in the field, resistance biology in trees, molecular tools for identification of species and population structure analyzes and Pest Risk Assessment.
The course is given as a distance course, the teaching is based on online lectures, online seminars (compulsory), excursions (compulsory), exercises (compulsory) and case studies.
Grading formThe grade requirements within the course grading system are set out in specific criteria. These criteria must be available by the course start at the latest.
Formats and requirements for examination
Approved written exam, approved oral and written presentations of seminars and individual work and participation in compulsory elements.
If a student has failed an examination, the examiner has the right to issue supplementary assignments. This applies if it is possible and there are grounds to do so.
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If there are special reasons, students are entitled to participate in components with compulsory attendance when the course is given again. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
Additional informationThe course is a distance course but it includes a week’s excursion and exercises at and nearby campus Ultuna which may involve some expenses for the student.
Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology
Grading criteria: Ecology & Management of Diseases and Pests of Forest Trees, SG0225
The student can identify and recognize the common pathogenic fungi and insect pests in Northern Europe
The student can identify the common pathogenic fungi and insect pest in Northern Europe and describe the damages they cause to their host
The student can identify and recognize some of the most important pests and pathogens to trees worldwide
The student can identify some of the most important tree pests and pathogens worldwide and describe the damages they cause to their host
The student can estimate the risk for outbreak of diseases and pests, and analyse and propose methods to counteract disease or pest outbreak
The student can account for the main features in the biology caused by important pathogens and pests, explain how they are affected by different regulating factors, investigate possible reasons behind an outbreak in a given situation and suggest appropriate control measures
The student can account for the biology and damage caused by important pathogens and pests, explain possible reasons
The student can explain the biology of and the damage caused by important pathogens and pests, explain how they are affected by different regulating factors, investigate and explain possible reasons to an outbreak. The student can suggest and motivate appropriate control measures and evaluate the short and long term effects.
The student can analyse important pathways for introduction of pests and diseases
The student demonstrate knowledge on the most important routes for introduction of pest and diseases in forest ecosystems.
The student discusses the relative importance of different routes for introduction of pest and diseases in forest ecosystems.
The student can analyse the impact of environmental changes and stress on important pest and pathosystems
The student can account for potential effects of environmental changes on important pest and pathosystems, exemplify how environmental changes influence the biology of major pests and pathogens and suggest possible control measures
The student can account for potential effects of environmental changes on the biology and damage by important pest and pathosystems, exemplify and explain how environmental changes influence the biology of major pests and pathogens and suggest possible control measures
The student can explain how environmental changes may impact the biology and damage by important pest and pathosystems, the students uses examples to discuss and explain how environmental changes influence the biology of major pests and pathogens and to suggest possible control measures
The student can synthesize recent research findings from the area, both orally and written
The student demonstrates an ability to synthesize recent research findings from the area, both orally and written
Infectious Forest Diseases Författare: Gonthier P. & Nicolotti G. ISBN: ISBN-9781780640402 (https://libris.kb.se/bib/14558088)
Ecological Methods in Forest Pest Management Författare: David Wainhouse ISBN: 9780198505648 (https://global.oup.com/academic/product/ecological-methods-in-forest-pest-management-9780198505648?cc=se&lang=en&#)