Course code FEP202

FEP202 Significance of Insects and Fungi in Production Forests

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Course responsible: Paal Krokene
Teachers: Isabella Børja, Rannveig Margrete Vigdisdatter Jacobsen
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
Last time: 2022V
Preferential right:
Course contents:

We address current challenges for forest health, with emphasis on the importance of insects and fungi in production forests. In addition, we describe the importance of insects and fungi for forest biodiversity and important ecosystem services. Key topics in the course are:

  • how climate change affects insects and pathogenic fungi
  • invasive species and the economic and ecological damage they cause
  • integrated and biological control of pests, including the importance of the trees' own defense
  • the most important pests in the various stand and life phases of the production forest (from seed production to wood products)
  • the biological diversity of insects and fungi, including the importance of mycorrhizal fungi
Learning outcome:

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

Knowledge: The student should have knowledge of the problems created by fungal diseases and insects at different stages of the production forest (from seed supply and rejuvenation to mature forest and timber products) and about integrated pest control. Furthermore, the student should know how climate change, invasive species and biodiversity affect the health of the production forest.

Skills: The student should be able to apply knowledge of fungi and insects to assess management measures against important pests. The student should also be able to assess the significance of climate change, biodiversity and alien species for the health condition of Norwegian production forests.

General competence: The student should be able to apply knowledge about the importance of insects and fungi in a comprehensive management of production forests, also in light of new problems caused 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:
125 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: Letter grades