Ecology and Management of Diseases and Pests of Forest Trees
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 interacting 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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The course evaluation is open between 2023-10-23 and 2023-11-13
Additional course evaluations for SG0225
Academic year 2022/2023
2022-08-29 - 2022-10-31
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
SubjectsForest Science Biology
Education cycleMaster’s level
Advanced study in the main fieldA1N
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
ObjectivesThis 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.
ContentThe 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 examinationApproved 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.
- The examiner can provide an adapted assessment to students entitled to study support for students with disabilities following a decision by the university. Examiners may also issue an adapted examination or provide an alternative way for the students to take the exam.
- If this syllabus is withdrawn, SLU may introduce transitional provisions for examining students admitted based on this syllabus and who have not yet passed the course.
- For the assessment of an independent project (degree project), the examiner may also allow a student to add supplemental information after the deadline for submission. Read more in the Education Planning and Administration Handbook.
- 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.
- The right to participate in teaching and/or supervision only applies for the course instance the student was admitted to and registered on.
- 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.
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.
Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology
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&#)