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Plant biology- for future forestry

The course will be in hybrid format, which means that lectures will be given either physically at the UPSC or online this year. All information will be communicated through Canvas. There will be, recorded lectures and exercises to do for the students at home, zoom meetings with the teacher that can consist of discussions, exercises or lectures, and physical lectures. More information can be found in the course schedule as well as on Canvas.

Additional course evaluations for SG0242

Academic year 2020/2021

Plant biology- for future forestry (SG0242-30017) 2021-01-18 - 2021-02-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Plant biology- for future forestry (SG0242-30015) 2020-01-20 - 2020-02-19

Academic year 2018/2019

Plant biology- for future forestry (SG0242-30246) 2019-01-21 - 2019-02-20

SG0242 Plant biology- for future forestry, 7.5 Credits

Växtbiologi - för framtidens skogsbruk

Syllabus approved

2018-11-15

Subjects

Forest science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, at least 60 credits from first-cycle courses as entry requirements(G2F)

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 at basic level equivalent to
- 90 credits in Forest Science including
- 10 credits Chemistry
and
- English 5

or
- 90 credits biology including
- 10 credits chemistry

Objectives

The course intends to provide knowledge of how modern plant biology can contribute to the development of sustainable forestry for example through designed breeding of trees a for a bio-based economy.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Account for wood development and wood properties in forest trees
- Describe and explain a number of new, molecular technologies used in tree breeding
- Identify a number of different qualitative wood properties of significance for future forestry and bio-based economy and account for their breeding potential
- Apply popular scientific writing and orally argue and evaluate advantages and disadvantages of gene-modified trees and plantation forestry
- With some supervision carry out laboratory work within molecular plant biology and evaluate the results

Content

The course gives an understanding about how fundamental biology is the basis for applications for future forestry. It deals with key factors such as water- and nitrogen-uptake, photosynthesis and carbohydrate metabolism – and transport which are essential for tree growth. Discussions and case studies are used for the students to acquire knowledge about how these processes are affected by environmental conditions (e.g. climate change, fertilization) and can be optimized (e.g. by gene technology).
Presentations and discussions then focus on wood characteristics important for the quality of future forest products as well as for a biobased economy; namely fiber-characteristics, chemical composition, enery value etc. New technologies for tree breeding such as marker assisted selection, clonal amplification and gene manipulation and their importance in plantation forestry are presented. Compulsory laboratory practices and lab-report writing gives the students in depth knowledge about how gene manipulation in plants is carried out in practice.
The value of these new methods for future forestry as well as society’s view on those is taken up in discussions. Advantages and disadvantages of plantation forestry compared with traditional forestry are evaluated by the students in compulsory essay writing as well as a seminar. The student is given the opportunity to train peer-review during these course moments.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written exam, passed written report of laboratory sessions and passed essay and participation in compolsury seminars.

  • 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

Students who have passed the chemistry section of the course SG0141 Ecosystems biogeochemistry and physics 19 credits or SG0210 Chemistry for forest ecosystem studies satisfy the special entry requirements for 10 credits in chemistry.

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 Genetics and Plant Physiology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Replaces: SG0145, SG0147

Betygskriterier

Växtbiologi för framtidens skogsbruk, 7,5hp

Betyg 3

Studenten kan: 1) ge en sammanfattande bild av hur grundforskning inom växtbiologi kan bidra till skogsbruk; 2) beskriva vedbildningen i skogsträd; 3) redogöra för centrala begrepp inom den molekylära växtbiologin; 4) använda några grundläggande laborationstekniker inom molekylär växtbiologi och skriva laborationsrapporter.

Betyg 4

Studenten kan: 1) ge en sammanfattande bild av hur grundforskning inom växtbiologi kan bidra till skogsbruk; 2) beskriva vedbildningen i skogsträd; 3) redogöra för centrala begrepp inom den molekylära växtbiologin; 4) använda några grundläggande laborationstekniker inom molekylär växtbiologi och skriva laborationsrapporter; 5) redogöra för trädegenskaper av betydelse för framtida skogsbruk och biobaserad ekonomi. Studenten kan också relatera sina kunskaper från traditionellt skogsbruk och plantageskogsbruk till nya tekniker inom skogsträdsförädling.

Betyg 5

Studenten kan: 1) ge en sammanfattande bild av hur grundforskning inom växtbiologi kan bidra till skogsbruk; 2) beskriva vedbildningen i skogsträd; 3) redogöra för centrala begrepp inom den molekylära växtbiologin; 4) använda några grundläggande laborationstekniker inom molekylär växtbiologi och skriva laborationsrapporter; 5) redogöra för trädegenskaper av betydelse för framtida skogsbruk och biobaserad ekonomi. Studenten kan också relatera sina kunskaper från traditionellt skogsbruk och plantageskogsbruk till nya tekniker inom skogsträdsförädling, samt kritiskt granska bioteknikens möjligheter för framtidens skogsbruk.

1) Plant Biology
Author: Alison Smith et al
ISBN: 978-0-8153-4025-6

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Forest Science - Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Forest science
Course code: SG0242 Application code: SLU-30061 Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology Pace: 100%