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Diagnosis, prevention and management of biotic forest damage

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The course evaluation is open between 2022-10-24 and 2022-11-14

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Academic year 2021/2022

Diagnosis, prevention and management of biotic forest damage (SG0271-10092)

2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01


SG0271 Diagnosis, prevention and management of biotic forest damage, 7.5 Credits

Diagnos, förebyggande och hantering av biotiska skogsskador


Biology Forest Science

Education cycle

Master’s level


Title Credits Code
Single module 7.5 0101

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements(A1F)

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.



Prior knowledge

The equivalent of 120 credits at basic level including

– 60 credits Forest Science or

- 60 credits Forest and Wood Engineering or

– 60 credits Biology or

– 60 credits Environmental Sciences or

– 60 credits Landscape Architecture or

– 60 credits Agricultural Sciences or

– 60 credits Forest Management or

– 60 credits Natural Resource Management

and additionally

- Knowledge in Swedish corresponding to what is required for eligibility for Swedish higher education at the undergraduate level and

- English 6 or equivalent

and courses at advanced level

- 15 credits Forest sciences or

- 15 credits Forest and Wood Engineering or

- 15 credits Forest management or

- 15 credits Biology or

- 15 credits Environmental sciences


The aim of the course is to provide knowledge and skills regarding diagnosis, prevention and management of forest damage in Swedish forests. After the course, the student should have the theoretical background required to handle the opportunities given for effective forest protection and measures that promote forest health and have the ability to critically examine and reflect on the latest research findings in the subject area.

After completing the course, the student should be able to

- critically reflect on and motivate the choice of appropriate methods for diagnosing the cause of forest damage and mapping their extent at stand and landscape level, based on symptoms.

- identify and compare strategies and propose appropriate measures to prevent the occurrence of forest damage and reduce its spread through active forest management and integrated pest management (IPM).

- critically examine and analyze the possibilities of reducing the long-term effects of forest damage on forest production, biodiversity and various ecosystem services through adaptive, climate-adapted and sustainable forest management, forest planning and restoration.

- seek, evaluate and refer to research information in the subject area and in a scientific way present results and analyzes both in writing and orally.


The course deals with theory and practice in diagnostics, prevention and management of established and new forest damage caused by microbes and animals. The focus is on stand and landscape level. During the course, a selection of current technological tools (eg drones and portable DNA / RNA sequencers) is presented, that can be used to identify established and new invasive pests and to map the occurrence of forest damage. The student develops theoretical knowledge regarding sustainable forest protection strategies and learns how to apply innovative measures to reduce the occurrence and spread of forest damage in practical forestry in the short and long term. The course trains problem solving, critical thinking, and oral and written communication.

The course contains literature studies, lectures, demonstrations, practical field- and laboratory exercises, excursions or study visits, group work and an individual project. Compulsory parts consist of demonstrations and practical exercises.

Formats and requirements for examination

To pass the course the following is required

- passed written final exam

- approved oral and written presentation of individual project work

- completed compulsory teaching 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-based course with two or three meetings during the semester. The physical meetings take place in southern Sweden and may involve certain costs for travel and accommodation. For the distance moments, you need access to a computer with an Internet connection of 2.0 Mbit / s or higher in both directions, a USB headset with a microphone and a webcam. Fixed connection is always preferable. You can also connect to a library or learning center.

Course language is Swedish but some teaching will be given in English.

Responsible department

Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre

Further information

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

Grading criteria

There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Biology Forest Science
Course code: SG0271 Application code: SLU-10267 Location: Independent courses Distance course: Yes Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre Pace: 50%