Course code FEP202

FEP202 Significance of Insects and Fungi in Forests

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Course responsible: Paal Krokene
Teachers: Isabella Børja, Anne Aslaug Sverdrup-Thygeson
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in autumn parallell. This course has teaching/evaluation in autumn parallell.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2016-2017
Preferential right:
Course contents:

The topic describes current challenges to forest health, focusing on the role of insects and fungi/pathogens. In addition, the topic describes the importance of insects and fungi for forest biodiversity and ecosystem services. Core themes are

  • effects of climate change on forest pests and pathogens,
  • economic and ecological threaths posed by invasive species,
  • the biodiversity of forest insects and fungi,
  • pest and pathogen problems in different forest stand "phases" (from seed production to wood products), and
  • integrated and biological pest management.
Learning outcome:

A candidate who has completed the course shall have learned the following:

Knowledge: The student should have knowledge of important fungal diseases and insects that can cause problems in the different forest phases (from seed production and regeneration to mature forests and timber products) and of integrated management of these. Moreover, the student should have knowledge about the importance of fungi and insects with respect to climate change, invasive species and biodiversity.

Skills: The student should be able to apply his/her knowledge of fungi and insects to evaluate management strategies against major pests. The student should also be able to evaluate the importance of climate change, biodiversity and invasive species on the functioning of boreal forest ecosystems.

General competence: The student should after completing the course be familiar with the most important roles fungi and insects play in boreal forest ecosystems and the challenges posed by climate change and invasive species.

Learning activities:
The teaching is based on lectures.
Teaching support:
Teacher is available via e-mail during normal business hours.
A reading list will be posted in Canvas. All material covered in lectures is considered curriculum.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
3 hours written exam
Nominal workload:
150 hours of work, including lectures and self-study.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures: 26-52 hours.
External examiner is used on the final written examination.
Allowed examination aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / F