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SG0225

Ecology and Management of Diseases and Pests of Forest Trees

The goal of this course is 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 put on species which affect trees and forest ecosystems with a high impact on forest economy.

Information from the course leader

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.

Course evaluation

The course evaluation is now closed

SG0225-10226 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for SG0225

Academic year 2021/2022

Ecology and Management of Diseases and Pests of Forest Trees (SG0225-10061)

2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2020/2021

Ecology and Management of Diseases and Pests of Forest Trees (SG0225-10032)

2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

Academic year 2019/2020

Ecology and Management of Diseases and Pests of Forest Trees (SG0225-10017)

2019-09-02 - 2019-10-31

Academic year 2018/2019

Ecology and Management of Diseases and Pests of Forest Trees (SG0225-10289)

2018-09-03 - 2018-11-05

Academic year 2018/2019

Ecology and Management of Diseases and Pests of Forest Trees (SG0225-10290)

2018-09-03 - 2018-11-05

Syllabus

SG0225 Ecology and Management of Diseases and Pests of Forest Trees, 15.0 Credits

Skogsträdens skadegörare: interaktioner, ekologi och skötsel

Subjects

Biology Forest Science

Education cycle

Master’s level

Modules

Title Credits Code
Excursions 1.5 0302
Practicals 2.5 0303
Individual excercises 4.0 0304
Final exam 7.0 0305

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements(A1N)

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.

Language

English

Prior knowledge

Knowledge 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

and

- English 6

Objectives

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.

Content

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.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved written exam, approved oral and written presentations of seminars and individual work and participation in compulsory elements.
  • 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 distance course but it includes a week’s excursion and exercises at and nearby campus Ultuna which may involve some expenses for the student.



SLU is environmentally certified according to ISO 14001. A large part of our courses

cover knowledge and skills that contribute positively to the environment. To further

strengthen this, we have specific environmental goals for the education. Students are

welcome to suggest actions regarding the course’s content and implementation that lead

to improvements for the environment. For more information, see webpage www.slu.se.

Responsible department

Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology

Cooperating departments:

Department of Ecology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Biology field: Övriga biologikurser
Replaces: SG0225.1

Grading criteria

Grading criteria: Ecology & Management of Diseases and Pests of Forest Trees, SG0225

Goal

3

4

5

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
behind outbreaks in a given situation and suggest and motivate appropriate control measures

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

Litterature list

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&#)

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Biology Forest Science
Course code: SG0225 Application code: SLU-10226 Location: Independent courses Distance course: Yes Language: English Responsible department: Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology Pace: 100%