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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Diagnosis of Diseases of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Week 27 and 28
Programme level Bachelor
Course responsible
  • Hans Jørgen Lyngs Jørgensen (3-787a7f50807c757e3e7b853e747b)
  • Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Course number: NPLB15007U

Course content

The course will introduce commonly occurring plant diseases in agriculture, horticulture and orchards etc. Hand-on experience with classical and web based methods used in identifying causal organisms and diagnosing the diseases will be given. The course will mainly focus on practical diagnostics of material collected by the participants. In addition, an introduction to molecular diagnosis is offered. Assessment of crop damage in the field and how to take samples for further studies will be discussed.


The participants learn:

  • how to diagnose plant diseases - step by step - using classical practical methods (including web-based tools)
  • how to identify pathogenic fungi, bacteria and virus from their pathogen morphology, hosts and host symptoms
  • how to describe, characterise and assess damage in the field and how to take samples for identification of the causal agents of disease



Learning outcome

The course is concerned with plant disease problems in agriculture, horticulture (greenhouses, orchards and field crops) and forestry with special reference to North European conditions.

The main aim of the course is to obtain hands-on experience in diagnosis of plant diseases.


After completing the course, the participants should be able to:



  • Describe plant pathogen morphology
  • Describe symptoms caused by plant pathogens
  • Identify and classify plant pathogens based on morphology
  • Obtain an overview of the most important groups of plant pathogens
  • Describe, characterise and assess damage in the field
  • Take diseased plant samples for further studies
  • Understand the theory behind molecular techniques for identification of microorganisms



  • Use common tools for identifying plant pathogens
  • Apply principles for diagnosis of plant diseases based on pathogen morphology and disease symptoms
  • Communicate diagnostic results



  • Work with diagnostic methods
  • Cooperate with fellow participants when conducting the diagnosis and report the results.

Recommended prerequisites

Competences equivalent to an introductory course in plant pathology/plant diseases


• Before start, the participants should anticipate one week preparation time
• The course takes place at Campus-Tåstrup, as it is dependent on plant material from the field
• A free shuttle bus runs between Campus Frederiksberg and Campus-Tåstrup

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Study Board of Natural Resources and Environment

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


Birgit Jensen



Intensive summer course
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Teaching and learning methods

The course consists of short theoretical introductions to specific topics and problem-based studies including field collections, identification of pathogens and diagnosis of plant diseases using keys, manuals and microscopes. Most of the work is carried out in groups of two participants supervised by the teachers. An excursion is included.


Max 25 participants




Handbooks and manuals will be available


Category Hours
Practical exercises 70
Lectures 6
Excursions 8
Theory exercises 15
Preparation 31
Guidance 4
Project work 4
English 138


Type of assessment

Continuous assessment
Written assignment
Continuous evaluation of individually prepared diagnosis reports (weight: 80%) plus a minor report (weight: 20%)


All aids allowed

Marking scale

passed/not passed

Criteria for exam assessment

See Learning outcome

Censorship form

No external censorship
One internal examiner


Oral exam in full curriculum

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