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3513012 Forest pathology and forest microbiology, 4-6 Cp 
Code 3513012  Validity 19.05.2010 -
Name Forest pathology and forest microbiology  Abbreviation ForPat 
Credits4-6 Cp  Date of expiry  
TypeAdvanced Studies Subject0951 Forestry 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   Grading0-5 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Forest Sciences (J) 

Olli-Pekka Tikkanen 

Study unit's general literature:
Author Title Year Obligatory library
Other learning material distributed during lectures.
     Agrios, George N.   Plant pathology   2005  Obligatory library
     Additional information 5. edition. Chapters 1-8 and 11.
     Carlile, M. J   Fungi   2001  Obligatory library
     Additional information 2. edition. Chapters 2, 5 ja 7.

Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course the students understand importance of symbiosis in forest ecosystems and connections between symbiotic fungi, epidemiology and pathogens life cycles, their ecology and have deep knowledge of host -pathogen interactions. Students have also deep understanding on molecular pathology. In addition, the students have knowledge on the possibilities of fungal biotechnology in research and forestry applications.


Symbiosis and symbiotic interactions in forest trees. Biology, taxonomy and epidemiology of forest pathogens.  Invasion species and risk assessment. Detailed understanding of life cycles of pathogens. Insects as vector of fungal diseases. Fungal-host tree interactions at molecular level. Pathogen attack on plant and plant defense. Biotechnical applications at mycological research. Environmental effects on plant diseases. Species Identification Examination 3.

Modes of study 

Lectures (26 h), laboratory practicals (35 h), studying species independently, species identification examination 3, literature, laboratory work report and examination.

It is recommended that international non-degree exchange students take only lectures, literature and species identification exams (4 credits).

Teaching methods 

Update 27.11.2020:

Contact teaching during spring semester 2021.

Study materials 

Agrios, George N. (2005) Plant pathology , 5. edition. Chapters 1-8 and 11.

Carlile, M. J (2001) Fungi , 2. edition. Chapters 2, 5 ja 7.

Evaluation criteria 



Senior Researcher in Forest Pathology; Professor of Forest protection; assistants (laboratory practicals)


3511010 Forest damage and –diseases (or equivalent basic level course) 

3512013 Dynamics and control of forest pests and pathogens (or equivalent intermediate level course)


Spring 2021 (every other year).



Further information 

Lectures will be either in Finnish or English depending on the participating students.

Update 27.11.2020: The maximum number of students accepted for group work, laboratory practicals and excursion is 8. The UEF master program students (degree in Finnish) have priority in access.

Non-degree students and students of UEF master programs should notice that previous basic and intermediate level studies in Forest Protection or Forest pathology are required (approximately 6 cu). 


Letter (J, K) in front of the name of the course/exam indicates the campus on which teaching or exam takes place: J = Joensuu, K = Kuopio.

Present and future teaching
No teaching

Future exams
No exams