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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.  

Find full course description in the course catalogue.  


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) and Aarhus (2½ 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 (1 July -  12 July) during week 27 and 28 arranged as live-in course with possibility of accommodation nearby.

Tlf.: + 45 8715 8192
Course administrator: Sonja Graugaard


We have pre-booked rooms at the hostel (by booking please refer to Sonja Graugaard). Please be aware that the booking has to be made per email info@korsorvandrerhjem.dk not online.

Korsør Vandrerhjem Svanegården

Tovesvej 30 F, DK-4220 Korsør, Denmark

+45 58371629




Rooms are available as 1-person, 2-person, 3-person or 4-person rooms respectively.

A 1-person room is DKK 425 per night

A 2-person room is DKK 550 per night

A 3-person room is DKK 660 per night

A 4-person room is DKK 800 per night.

The hostel offers a fully equipped guest kitchen.

Transport from Korsør Vandrerhjem Svanegården is by bus from Korsør to Slagelse and from there 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 





You should expect one week of preparation and literature review prior to the course.  
Two project reports each of maximum 10 pages pr. student must be submitted and approved before the student can enter the exam at the end of the course. Project reports are based on activities completed during the course. You may work in groups of two to three students, who prepare a common report. In this case, it must be clear who is the main responsible for the individual chapters of the report.

20 minutes oral examination assessed according to the Danish 7-point grading scale with internal examiners.

Admission Requirements

Course Specific:

A relevant bachelor's degree within Science and Technology.


Exchange students: nomination from your home university

Freemovers: documentation for English Langauge proficiency

You can read more about admission here