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Diagnosis of Plant Disease

The course will introduce you to common plant diseases in crop plants. It is based on short introductory sessions followed by practical exercises, in which you diagnose plant diseases under field conditions as well as in the laboratory. The exercises include diagnosis based on macroscopic symptoms as well as microscopy, ELISA and PCR methods and quantitative disease assessment under natural conditions. The influence of abiotic stresses and leaf senescence on macroscopic symptoms  is considered as well. Most exercises are done in small groups under supervision of teachers. This will allow you to study specific subjects in more detail, as basis for analyses, data processing and reporting.  

Lectures and exercises are offered by several researchers and technicians specialized in the different diseases and techniques.


The course is an off-campus course and held at Aarhus University Flakkebjerg, Forsøgsvej 1, DK-4200 Slagelse.

The Department of Agroecology is located in Flakkebjerg 10 km south of Slagelse with good possibilities of public transportation to Copenhagen (1½ h). We have 6.500 m2 of laboratories, greenhouses and semi-field facilities and 175 ha of experimental area as well as library, offices and canteen. We are experts in integrated pest management for the control of plant diseases, pests and weeds.

AU Flakkebjerg

Forsøgsvej 1
DK-4200 Slagelse

The course will run over 10 days (28 June -  9 July) during week 27 and 28 arranged as live-in course with possibility of accommodation nearby.

Tlf.: + 45  87158185 /  22283307
Course administrator: Sonja Graugaard


We have pre-booked rooms at OnlySleep (please refer to Sonja Graugaard).


Trafikcenter Alle 2, DK-4200 Slagelse, Denmark

Phone: +45 58505360



Rooms are available as 1-person and 2-person rooms respectively.

A 1-person room is DKK 395 per night (breakfast not included)

A 2-person room is DKK 475 per night (breakfast not included)

Breakfast is DKK 99

Transport from OnlySleep is by bus to Flakkebjerg (Please note that ”Flakkebjerg Efterskole” in the example below are the buildings approx. 500 metres after Aarhus University) – please see https://www.rejseplanen.dk/webapp/?language=en_EN


Exam info and full course description

Exam info and full course description can be found in the course catalogue.  

Admission Requirements

Course Specific:

A relevant bachelor's degree within Science and Technology.

A course in microbiology or plant pathology is recommended.


Exchange students: nomination from your home university

Freemovers: documentation for English Language proficiency

You can read more about admission here.