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SV0015

Urban tree- and forest health

The course contains lectures, laboratory and outdoor exercises and demonstrations, group and individual assignments (written and practical), discussions and seminars. Lectures and demonstrations will be conducted with scientific experts working with different damage types and with practitioners in plant protection (i.e. tree nurseries, city arborists, authorities, forest managers). Field excursions will focus on recognition and diagnoses of different biotic agents (native and exotic) and abiotic stressors on important trees in urban and rural settings. Laboratory sessions will focus on diagnostics using both conventional and modern, molecular techniques for identification. Group work as well as written and practical assignments are compulsory.


The Forestry science content is divided into sub-areas as follows:



  • 5 credits Natural processes

  • 2,5 credits Other in Forestry science


Course evaluation

Additional course evaluations for SV0015

Academic year 2023/2024

Urban tree- and forest health (SV0015-20103)

2023-12-01 - 2024-01-14

Academic year 2022/2023

Urban tree- and forest health (SV0015-20112)

2022-12-02 - 2023-01-15

Syllabus and other information

Litterature list

Allen, CD, Macalady, AK, Chenchouni, H, Bachelet, D, McDowell, N, Vennetier, M, Kitzberger, T, Rigling, A, Breshears, DD, Hogg TEH, Gonzalez, P, Fensham, R, Zhang, Z, Castro, J, Demidova, N, Lim, JH, Allard, G, Running, SW, Semerci, A, Cobb, N, 2010. A global overview of drought and heat-induced tree mortality reveals emerging climate change risks for forests. For. Ecol. Manage. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2009.09.001.

A global overview of drought and heat-induced tree mortality reveals emerging climate change risks for forests - ScienceDirect.

Boyd, IL, Freer-Smith, PH, Gilligan, CA, Godfray, HCJ. (2013). The consequences of tree pests and diseases for ecosystem services. Science. 342, 1235773 (2013) DOI: 10.1126/science.1235773

The Consequence of Tree Pests and Diseases for Ecosystem Services (science.org)

Prospero, S, and Cleary, M. (2017). Effects of host variability in the spread of invasive forest diseases. Forests 8, 80; doi:10.3390/f8030080

Forests | Free Full-Text | Effects of Host Variability on the Spread of Invasive Forest Diseases (mdpi.com)

Roberts M, Gilligan CA, Kleczkowski A, Hanley N, Whalley AE and Healey JR (2020) The Effect of Forest Management Options on Forest Resilience to Pathogens. Front. For. Glob. Change 3:7. doi: 10.3389/ffgc.2020.00007

Frontiers | The Effect of Forest Management Options on Forest Resilience to Pathogens | Forests and Global Change (frontiersin.org)

Trumbore, S, Brando, P, Hartmann, H. (2015). Forest health and global change. Science. 349:814-818.

Forest health and global change (science.org)

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Forest and Landscape (BSc) Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19030 SEK Cycle: G1F
Subject: Forestry Science Forestry Science
Course code: SV0015 Application code: SLU-20072 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre Pace: 100%