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14.1.2020 at 08:00 - 3.2.2020 at 23:59


Thu 13.2.2020
12:00 - 16:00


Third year Bachelor's students and Master's students

Basic forest pathology, microbiology and forest ecology.

  • Appreciation of forest microbiology concepts and the diverse nature of microbiomes associated with various organs and tissues of forest trees
  • An understanding of the many functions of micro-organisms in the uptake and cycling of nutrients in forest ecosystem
  • Appreciation of the diverse and complex nature of parasitic, saprotrophic and mutualistic interactions of microbes with their forest tree hosts
  • Develop an awareness on potential impact of invasive and emerging fungal diseases on forest trees
  • At the end of the course, students should be able to acquire skills on basic molecular biology technique (DNA and RNA isolation as well as PCR and phylogenetic analysis).

Period II (2)

  • Microbes in the forests: friends or foes
  • Microflora of roots and stems
  • Fungal Pathogenicity factors
  • Host Resistance Mechanisms
  • Pathogenesis related- proteins
  • Mutualistic mycorrhizal fungi
  • Diseases of forest tree nurseries
  • Foliage Microflora: Fungi as endophytes, Diseases of conifer needles
  • Climate change and forest health
  • Invasive pests, alien tree species and micro-fungal diversity
  • Introductory Fungal population biology
  • Diseases of tropical trees
  • Biotechniques in forest microbiology: DNA extraction: Principles & Applications, RNA extraction: Principles & Applications, PCR: Principles & Applications
  • Laboratory practicals: Genomic DNA extraction & gel electrophoresis, PCR amplification of fungal ITS regions, RNA extraction and quantification, Lab result overview and bioinformatic analysis

Attendance (80%), Exam, individual essays, group work and presentation, laboratory practicals.

1. Plant Microbiology (1985) By R. Campbell, Thomson Litho Ltd, East Kilbride, Scotland.

2. The Fungi (1994) By Michael J. Carlile and Sarah C. Watkinson, Academic Press; Harcourt Brace and company publishers, London

ISBN 012-159960-0 hard back cover

ISBN 012-159960-4 paper back cover

3. Fungal Ecology By Jim Deacon, Blackwell publishing, Fourth edition.

ISBN-13: 978-1-4051-3066-0

4. Mycorrhizal Symbiosis (1997) By S. E. Smith and D. J. Read, Academic Press; Harcourt Brace and company publishers, London

ISBN 0-12-652840-3

5. Principles of Forest Pathology (1996) by F. H. Tainter and F. A. Baker, John Wiley and Sons, New York

ISBN 0-471-129526

6. Principles and Applications of Soil Microbiology (1998) by D. M. Sylvia, J. F. Furhman, P. G. Hartel and D. A. Zuberer, Prentice Hall Publishers, London

ISBN 0-13-459991-8

Evaluation is based on 0 – 5 scale, Exam, individual essays, group work and presentation, laboratory practicals.


Prof. Fred Asiegbu

Replaces the former course 830069 (MPAT231) Forest Microbiology 10 cr.