PLV210 Plant Protection in Urban Horticulture

Credits (ECTS):10

Course responsible:Lars Olav Brandsæter

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Norsk

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:250 hours.

Teaching and exam period:This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.

About this course

Herbology: Weeds, definition, reproduction, migration, damage, classification on biological and ecological grounds, and occurrence in Norway of the most important species. Entomology: Important pest species in green areas, identification, migration. Plant Pathology: Fundamental reasons for diseases in plants, diagnosis, laws concerning dangerous pests, migration routes. Pest control: Principles, conditions and effects of preventive and direct initiatives. Side effects of pest control initiatives. Control of pests in different situations, solutions to different practical pest problems in green areas.

Learning outcome


  • The student shall have sufficient knowledge to take action against pest organisms in green areas.
  • He/she shall be acquainted with the biological and ecological qualities of the most important pest organisms (plant pathogens, pests and weeds) in green areas, the fundamentals in control, and be able to choose the relevant actions.


  • The student shall be able to put up control strategies for pests when establishing and conserving green areas.
  • The student shall be able to choose control strategies in line with general opinions on control, mainly in public green areas.


  • Be able to use general knowledge and skills of reviewed pests (syllabus species) as a fundament for finding control methodes for other pest control challenges as well.
  • Lectures, demonstrations, laboratory exercises, group work and seminars.
  • Canvas
  • Three hour written exam counts 50% of the grade and assesments 50% (herbarium, "case study", excursion report and exercise report). All parts have to be passed.

    Written hand-ins Grading: Letter grades Written exam Grading: Letter grades Permitted aids: A1 No calculator, no other aids
  • An external examiner will be used both in preparing and assessing the exams.
  • Exercises, seminars and handed-in and approved herbarium.

    There will often be exercises and group work during the same lessons as lectures. In that case attendance is required.

  • Lectures: 55 hours. Exercises in greenhouse/laboratory/field: 35 hours. Seminars: 10 hours.
  • BSc and MSc in Plant Science, BSc Landscape Construction and Management and Landscape Architecture.
  • PLV 200 (earlier: PLV220, PLV230, PLV240). Reduction: 5 credits.
  • Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)